This is a very rare and tiny pin holder for a pair of spectacles. This delightful little piece has a feather decorated front section which attaches to a twisting wire with hook at the back. The actual pin would have gone through the clothing and can be closed with a tiny loop at the back. There is another loop above which would have been used to attach a chain with a swivel and the swivel would have gone to the spectacles. This is documented in the advertisement illustrated from “The Busiest House in America”, for ‘Gold and Rolled Plate Eye Glass Chains, Illustrated Catalogue, 1889, Louie DeTice, Ellenville, N.Y.’ and almost identical holders can be seen in the second and third image at the top of the advertisement. It is quite likely that this little 10 carat (as tested) gold pin was made by this company. It was originally thought to be a holder for a watch but the advertisement confirms that this was designed to secure spectacles and chain to the bodice or jacket. This tiny piece, being so small, is a rare survivor and is in excellent condition. It would be a great addition to a collection of early spectacles. Length 1 ins (2.3cm). Weight < 1 gram. This item appears in my book, How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 190. The advertisement (not included) appears on page 217.
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