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Pince Nez

Pince nez Eyeglasses have no arms, they clip on to the nose. Thus the name Pince nez which in French means – pincer, to pinch, and nez, nose. Pince nez reached their peak popularity around 1885 and were popular until around 1920. During their prime, they accounted for over two thirds of all eyeglasses worn in the US. There are two basic types of Pince Nez, The C bridge and The hard Bridge. Though they haven't been manufactured since the 1920's, The Vintage Optical Shop has managed to get hold of a nice selection of many styles and color's.

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