|Description: A pair of oval Pince-Nez eyeglasses. The lenses are amber tinted with a small hole on the outer edge of one lenses. There are no clips attached. The lenses have a gold metal nose piece with two blackened metal clips. The clips are grooved.
History: Popular from 1870 to WWII, pince-nez style glasses use a "C" shaped spring to hold the eyeglasses in place. Pince Nez were the first type of glasses developed and had no temples (temple glasses did not show up until the beginning of the 18th century). The earliest examples, dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, were made of wood or leather with a riveted center pivot. Accessioned 2 June 1974.|
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