This is an intriguing small lacquered treen box which has a hinge at one end an unusual combination of sliding and lifting catch at the other end. Inside is an early pair of folding horn spectacles with both lenses able to rotate, a small moveable bar in the centre with a horn disc attached and what appear to be two cords, one on each side, presumably to go over the ears. The complete item is in good condition for age although there is some rubbing of the lacquer on the box. It must have been somewhat of a challenge to keep these spectacles in position! It is overall a most fascinating item from the early years of eye-care. Length 4.75 ins (12cm) x 2.75 ins (7cm). Weight 90 grams. This item appears in my book, “Antique Boxes, Inside and Out” on page 427.
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