EXTREMELY Rare Antique Victorian "Pince-Nez" Style BI-FOCAL Eye Glasses
DESCRIPTION: Scans show it all.....a complete pair of scarce "PINCE-NEZ"
antique eye glasses, with both lenses intact. Pince-nez style are extremely
rare, favored by a few celebrities during their short reign of popularitly, and
the early BI-FOCALS are obviously, much, much scarcer than even those with
normal clear lenses.
Any PINCE-NEZ glasses are scarce vs. normal antique glasses, and these are
that much rarer. Pince-Nez style was especially popular among the upper and
aristocratic classes, and were most popular from the end of the 1890's to about
1915 or so. They were only used for a limited time, and were pretty much
replaced by the time of WWI.They have a nice Victorian look, and this is a nice
pair to go with a related collection or for use with an early costume.
Pince Nez TYPE WAS FAVORED BY SUCH FAMOUS PEOPLE AS PRESIDENTS TEDDY ROOSEVELT
AND WOODROW WILSON, who were often photographed wearing them. They were made to
be light, as they rested on the nose (with an uncomfortable spring to hold them
on by pressure!), so they often did not have metal frames. This is the case
with this pair, and lenses are in excellent condition. There is a small hole in
the right lense to attach them to a string or necklace around their neck. When
not being worn, they would hang from the "necklace" or strap around the neck.
Thus the name Pince Nez or "pinched nose". THE STRAP WAS TO KEEP THEM HANDY AND
TO PROTECT THEM FROM BREAKING IN THE EVENT THEY FELL OFF. The bridge between
the lenses is springy to provide the pressure to hold them on.
And again, these are particularly rare with the large bi-focal lenses on each
This is only the third pair of Nez Pince style glasses I have ever had, AND I
HAVE NEVER SEEN A PAIR WITH BI-FOCAL LENSES!!
PLEASE SEE ATTACHED PHOTOS!!!
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Buyer pays $6.00 postage.