Pince Nez Sunglasses

Pince Nez Sunglasses

Antique Steampunk
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Yellow antique clip on nose sunglasses.  C1890's or thereabouts.  Great unique pair perfect for my grounded eccentric eyewear lovers.

Very rare pair of late 19th to early 20th century brass rimmed yellow pince nez sunglasses w yellow brass hair pin and chain.
The glass lenses are clear with the exception of a small chip and some tint streaks on the backside of one lens which cannot be seen when worn. There is gold tone tarnishing on the metal plated bridge.
Pince nez made popular with certain steampunk/goth genres by Bram Stoker's 'Dracular' as well as by Lawrence Fishburne in the movie 'Matrix' as 'Morpheus'.

Pince-nez are a style of spectacles which are supported without earpieces by pinching the bridge of the nose. Named by the French – pincer, to pinch, and nez, nose.
Pince-nez were used in Europe in the 15th, 16th, and 17th centuries, 
more modern ones appeared in the 1840s and reached their peak popularity around 1880 to 1900. They faded by the 20's.
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These are an exception to my return policy because of their delicate nature and therefore not returnable.

Length of chain is approx. 9" long and 2 1/2" long hair pin meant to be worn in teased, braided or rolled hair.  
This chain can be removed and a longer brass chain with a spring ring can be added if you prefer.  
This would be a customized order which will have an additional charge of $40. Contact me if interested. 

They do stay on the bridge comfortably,
as most pince nez bridges can be extremely tight and hard to adjust. 
I personally own several pairs and these are very comfortable.
Please note, on a younger person with tight firm skin, these will not wrinkle your bridge like they did to mine.  

SPECS:

Frame width: 3 3/4" when worn (100mm) and will vary according to your bridge size.
Frame height: 1 3/16"(31mm)
Frame material: Brilliant brass rims, gold tone metal bridge with minor corrosion. 
Lens width: 1 1/2" (37mm)
Lens height: 1 3/32" (30mm)
Bridge (DBL): Leather padded 22-25mm
Pupil to pupil distance: 2 3/8" (60mm)or thereabouts, when worn
Lenses: Non Rx yellow glass
Head size: Narrow to Average
Optical quality: Not recommended.
Antique hard clamshell case (not shown) and my lens cleaning cloth included.

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