Antique Pince Nez Sunglasses

Antique Pince Nez Sunglasses

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Very rare pair of late 19th century amber pince nez sunglasses w chain. 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.

A very rare pair of late 19th century amber pince-nez sunglasses with chain.  These lenses are brilliantly clear with only a few very teeny inclusions not visible in photos that do not interfere with vision.  Considering their age, they fared very well and quite a find for the eccentric slightly irreverant soul.

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 as supported without earpieces by pinching the bridge of the nose. Names 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 1840's and reached their peak popularity around 1880-1900.  They faded by the 1920's.

These are an exception to my return policy because of their delicate nature and therefore not returnable.

Vintage chain is a silver tone cable and was paired with these PN's. Length of the chain is approx. 24.5" long and should always be connected to a button hole incase they slip off your nose.  Wearing them this way is security against loosing them to the ground and breaking.  They do stay on the bridge comfortably,  as most pince nez can be extremely tight and hard to adjust.  I personally own several pairs in my collection and these are by far the most comfortable of them all.  
Please note, on a younger person with tight firm skin these will not wrinkle your bridge like they did to mine.  Please see the photo of the coolest guy I know modeling them for me,  as well as my own selfies.  

SPECS:

  • Frame width: 2 3/4"

  • Frame height: 1 5/8"

  • Frame material: Silver tone metal bridge with fine tortoise shell celluloid rims

  • Lens width: 1 5/8"

  • Lens height: 1 5/8"

  • Bridge (DBL): 15-20mm comfortably

  • Pupil to pupil distance: 2 1/2"

  • Lenses: Amber yellow thin non prescription glass

  •  Optical quality: Yes, but not recommended unless your optician has experience with drilled pince-nez frames.

  • Original lizard skin hard shell metal case and our lens cleaning cloth included.

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