1880's w Chain
*SOLD*. Very rare pair of late 19th century green pince nez sunglasses w retractable chain fob/brooch. I do have another pair and will be listing it soon.
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.
The lenses are clear with very small chips (shown w arrows in photos)
and a few teeny specs that do not interfere with vision.
Considering their age, they fared very well and quite a find for the eccentric,
slightly irreverant soul :)
These are an exception to my return policy because of their delicate nature and therefore not returnable.
Chain is a very thin brass foxtail that retracts and holds desired length and works like a roll up shade.
Length of chain is approx. 17.5" long and retracts completely when glasses are not in use.
Wearing the fob is security against loosing them to the ground and breaking.
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 by far the most comfortable of them all, IF you have a NARROW bridge..
Frame width: 4? (112mm)
Frame height: 1 1/4 (30mm)
Frame material: Gold gilded brass hardware and fob.
Lens width: 1 1/2" (40mm)
Lens height: 1 1/4" (30mm)
Hinge to hinge width: N/A
Bridge (DBL): 13-18mm spring
Temple length: N/A
Spring hinge: N/A
Pupil to pupil distance: 2 1/2" (63mm)
Lenses: Green Non Rx glass
Head size: N/A
Optical quality: Absolutely
Protective case and lens cleaning cloth included
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