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Title: Eyeglasses
Identifier: 992.7.8
Donor: Mr. Gerald A. Crawford
Item Date: 1915-1925
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Bradley Museum

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Description: A frameless pair of eyeglasses, gold-coloured with very fine (thin) metal arms and nose piece.

Worn by Hannah Louise Simpson Reeve (1832-1927), of Meadowvale. Hannah was born in Kikby Moorside, Yorkshire, England; she married John Terlin Reeve (b. about 1830) on May 16, 1854 in Toronto Township.

Early eyepieces were designed to be either held in place by hand or by exerting pressure on the nose (pince-nez). Girolamo Savonarola suggested that eyepieces could be held in place by a ribbon passed over the wearer's head, this in turn secured by the weight of a hat. The modern style of glasses, held by temples passing over the ears, was developed some time before 1727, possibly by the British optician Edward Scarlett. _http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glasses_
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