Rare Antique Green-Tinted Tortoiseshell & Silver Spectacles c.1800
Rare Antique Green-Tinted Tortoiseshell & Silver Spectacles c.1800
Rare Antique Green-Tinted Tortoiseshell & Silver Spectacles c.1800
Rare Antique Green-Tinted Tortoiseshell & Silver Spectacles c.1800
Rare Antique Green-Tinted Tortoiseshell & Silver Spectacles c.1800
Rare Antique Green-Tinted Tortoiseshell & Silver Spectacles c.1800
Rare Antique Green-Tinted Tortoiseshell & Silver Spectacles c.1800
Rare Antique Green-Tinted Tortoiseshell & Silver Spectacles c.1800
Rare Antique Green-Tinted Tortoiseshell & Silver Spectacles c.1800
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Rare Antique Green-Tinted Tortoiseshell & Silver Spectacles c.1800

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Rare antique tortoiseshell “wig” spectacles with pale green lenses, circa late eighteenth or early nineteenth century.

Hand-carved from tortoiseshell, these early reading glasses were designed with shorter temples to prevent them from getting caught in a gentleman’s powdered wig. Optometrists from the eighteenth century and well into the nineteenth claimed blue or green-tinted lenses improved vision. The spectacles have silver fittings and hinges. Exquisite craftsmanship and timeless design.

Condition is good, commensurate with age and use. Structurally sound and glass is good.

Measurements:

Frame front: 11cm across

Temples: 11cm long

Weighs 9.37 grams