Crossbow Readers

Crossbow Readers

1890's inspired
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1890's inspired wire metal small adult sized head oval reading glasses for that steampunk lover

$20 'Crossbow'. Head turning unusual frames for those of you who aren't afraid of self expression. Turn them heads, darlin'.. who doesn't love attention?? A great lookin' unisex reader. (Btw, I love when my buyers post photos of their new eye candy on our Facebook Retro Focus Eyewear page) I model all the specs I carry for a point of reference.

These are copies of a victorian era pair of specs that were called 'Crossbow'. They were typically made of steel with pin hinged wire temples curving over the ear. I am an avid collector of these eccentric spectacles that I occasionally wear. Very popular today in the Steampunk movement. These are new reproductions for narrow or small heads that warrant short temples. These temples measure only 5 1/4" long (135mm) and as you can see from the black and white profile photo, when worn low on the nose these barely go over my ears. They do stay on, they feel like nothing when you're wearing them. If you like this type of reader, then these are for you.

If you're rough on your specs then these aren't for you. Only available here, at Retro Focus Eyewear.


  • Frame width: 4 3/8" (110mm)

  • Frame height: 1 1/16" (27mm)

  • Frame material: Metal

  • Lens width: 1 7/16" (36mm)

  • Lens height: 1 1/32" (26mm)

  • Hinge to hinge width: 4 3/8" (110mm)

  • Bridge (DBL): 25mm

  • Temple length: 5 1/4" (135mm).

  • Spring hinge: No

  • Pupil to pupil distance: 2 1/2" (63mm)

  • Lenses: Aspheric

  • Head size: Small to average

  • Optical quality?: No

  • Protective case and lens cleaning cloth included with every order.

Reading glasses have always been viewed as an afterthought. Though with my help, this will change, and pretty soon, for every pair of shoes in your closet, will be a pair of matching readers...... Styles that are way too cool for your local drug store.


Do what you want, wear what you like...that's what I'm here for.

I'm all over the place.

It's all good.