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Vintage Wire rim Riding Temple Antique Eyeglasses

Vintage Wire rim Riding Temple Antique Eyeglasses

Availability: Out of stock



Oval Riding temple eyeglasses were common from the late 18th century until after the first world war. Nose pads hadn't yet been invented so the nose bridge was what's called a saddle bridge, sitting directly on the nose. That caused the eyeglasses to sit very close to the face, limiting the size of the lenses and the frame width. This is why antique eyeglass run small. The temple's were made to curve around the ear so that they wouldn't fall off when riding a horse. They were usually gold or silver colored, Sometimes made of solid gold or gold filled. (a heavy plating process where the gold plate is usually 10% of the total weight) With the advent of nose pads in the 1920's, these largely fell out of favor and haven't been manufactured since. Throughout the years many of them have been melted down for their scrap gold value, thus they are becoming harder to find. They still remain favorite's by many today who desire the vintage look and are generally associated with intellectuals and academia.
SKU 901
Frame Width No
Between Arms No
Lens Size 39/30
Bridge Size 23
Color No
Temple Length 165
Color No
Company Not marked
Size Guide

Frame width: The total front width from the outside of the frames.

Between Arms: The total width between the two arm's from the inside. We only give this measurement on frames with thick arms where this size is significantly different then the total frame width. 

Lens width: The size of the actual lens, not including the frame around it.

Bridge size:  Measured as the space between the two lenses. 

Temple length: Measured from the hinge at the front, all the way around the bend to the end, as if the arms were straightened out.

vintage glasses size chart


Note: Vintage Eyeglasses tend to run much smaller than modern ones. They were worn much closer to the face. For the best selection of vintage frames, consider wearing the minimum size that would fit you. You can start out by measuring a current pair that fits you and seeing how much smaller you can go. Most frames we sell are medium vintage size. While this would be considered smaller in today's day in age, they will fit most people.

Measurements for this pair:

Shipping Guide
  • We offer free shipping to anywhere in the US. Shipping is via USPS First Class Mail.

  • We also offer shipment via USPS Express Mail. The cost is $28. USPS Express Mail generally arrives the next day. We are not always able to ship the same day the order is placed. Please contact us if you need something next day and we will let you know if this is possible.

  • We offer International shipping to any destination. The cost is $19 and includes full tracking. Shipping is via USPS Priority Mail International. Please note, some countries charge import taxes / customs fees. We are not responsable for any import tax / customs fees that you may incur.

  • We generally ship within 1-2 business days of the order date.

RX Lenses


The Vintage Optical Shop is commited to bringing you the best in vintage eyewear. We choose to focus solely on vintage eyeglass frames and do not deal with Prescription lenses.

You can get prescription lenses for your frames at your local optician. All of our frames are guaranteed Rx-friendly. Please note, some opticians are not comfortable working with vintage eyeglass frames. Make sure to find an optician that is comfortable working with Vintage Eyewear.

There are also many mail-in lens replacement labs that are happy to work with vintage frames. One such Company is


Return Policy


Should you not be happy with your purchase for any reason, you can return them for an exchange or refund, no questions asked.

To qualify for a refund, you must contact us within 7 days of receiving them to let us know you plan on returning them. We will give you a RMA number to write on the outside of the box. All returns for refund must be postmarked within 7 days of receving them.

If you would like to return your eyeglasses in exchange for a different pair, please contact us within 30 days of recieving them and let us know which pair it is you would like instead.