This pair of antique spectacles boosts octagonal lenses (which are clear), a crank bridge (which resembles an upside down "U") and the temples are "pin-in-slot". The "pin-in-slot" term refers to a telescopic temple that can slide to become longer when being worn and then slide to become shorter to fit them in their case. The temple finials are of a tear drop shape. We believe the frame to be made of steel and there is the #26 marked on the side of the frame. All of these details point to a date of between 1835-1880, which includes the Civil War Era. An added bonus is that the tin case is still present. The condition of the spectacles is very good, they do have a nice patina that I wish not to disturb, I will leave that decision up to the buyer. There are two small bubbles in the left glass lens right around the rim that I am certain was there since they were made. The case is in good condition although it does have a dent on the top and the color on top is uneven. The case does open and close. The case is lined with a pink felt-like material. I suspect that the original lining was lost and someone added this lining to protect the glasses when they are in the case. These are a great and fun example of 19th century spectacles and would be great not only for collectors but also re-enactors of this period.
21 other shoppers have this item in their Cart or Wish List
Antiques & Collectibles - A Family Tradition