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Rare Early Folding Sharpshooter Eyeglasses
A rare pair of antique folding Sharpshooter Eyeglasses. The eyeglasses are made from either horn or a Gutta Percha type of material and the lenses are hand blown amber glass. The eyeglass frames are marked, "V. O. I. Co". The eyeglasses date pre 1874. The mark V.O.I.Co. represents the Vulcanite Optical Instrument Co., a forerunner of the optical instrument maker Bausch & Lomb and was founded by spectacle makers J. J. Bausch and Henry Lomb who started the firm the year following the Civil War manufacturing hard rubber eyeglass and magnifier frames. The firm name was changed to the Bausch & Lomb Optical Co. in 1874. They were originally marketed as "Sharpshooter" eyeglasses and were made to aide in seeing long distances, they were popular with tourists. They came in the leather case which is pictured. The eyeglasses are in very good overall condition. There is a small indent on the clip end but I don't think there is any damage, see closeup photo.
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