Yellow Piece-Nez Sunglasses
Get your steampunk on.  Very rare pair of late 19th to early 20th century tortoise celluloid rimmed amber pince nez sunglasses w chain.

Very rare pair of late 19th to early 20th century tortoise celluloid rimmed amber pince nez sunglasses w chain.
The glass lenses are brilliantly clear. The rim is a dark (almost black) celluloid tortoise with little variation of color.  
Originally came with a black ribbon which had been so badly frayed from its' age that I replaced it with a 17" golden brass snake chain.
Ideally this chain should be at least 24" long so that it may reach a low watch pocket on a vest, or belt loop.  
You can add your own chain.  If I find one more suitable I will replace it and re-do the photos.

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. 17" 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 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.  
See my other piece-nez styles here:


  • Frame width: 4 1/8"

  • Frame height: 1 7/8"

  • Frame material: Celluloid

  • Lens width: 1 5/8"

  • Lens height: 1 5/8"

  • Hinge to hinge width: N/A

  • Bridge (DBL): 20-23mm

  • Temple length: N/A

  • Spring hinge: N/A

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

  • Lenses: Non Rx Amber glass

  • Head size: Narrow to Average

  • Optical quality: Not recommended.

  • Antique hard clamshell case and my lens cleaning cloth included.

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

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