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  • Hard Bridge Pince Nez Glasses from Olden Days

    Posted on April 18, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Few types of eyewear have multiplied into as many variants as pince nez glasses, which evolved a moment when humanity had reached a high level of technical competence in the manufacture of glass, steel, and rubber, permitting a diverse number of “solutions” to keeping these glasses on the nose, but when commercial and scientific uniformity [...]


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  • Hard Rubber Pince Nez and the American Civil War

    Posted on April 18, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Many of the changes in the American eyeglass and spectacle scene seem to have been intimately tied to the rattle of muskets and the thunder of cannon. Large scale American manufacture of lenses (as opposed to vintage eyeglass frames) began at the time of the War of 1812, when supplies of lenses from Europe were [...]


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  • Sophisticated Antique Eyewear – Astig Pince Nez

    Posted on April 4, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    The technology of the past is often fascinating for the ingenuity which was put into solving a problem with sharply limited materials and mechanical parts compared to modern equivalents, and some of the most sophisticated antique eyewear are astig pince nez. An alternate name for astig glasses is “spring bridge”, which is a highly accurate [...]


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  • Fitting Lenses to Rimless Vintage Eyeware

    Posted on March 30, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Adding modern lenses to rimmed pince nez, Oxfords, and other types of vintage eyeware is quite straightforward, since there are eyerims to hold the glass in place. Thus, there is no problem with the safety glass that is the only type that a modern optician will supply to their customers. Refitting such types of vintage [...]


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  • Making Use of a Ribbon to Secure Vintage Eyewear

    Posted on March 30, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Regardless of how hard a given pair of pince nez or Oxfords grip the bridge of your nose with their plaquettes, there is still a higher chance of their slipping off and tumbling to the ground than is the case with a pair of modern or antique eyeglasses with temples that hook behind the ears [...]


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  • Folding Pince Nez Versions of Old Eyeglass Frames

    Posted on March 30, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Though most people today who are aware of pince nez and Oxfords think of them as being solid and fixed in their form, folding pince nez were immensely popular back in the days when these old eyeglass frames represented the cutting edge of both technology and fashion. Several different types of folding mechanisms were devised [...]


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  • Seeking for the Unusual in Vintage Eyeglass Frames with Specalettes

    Posted on March 22, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Many different types of vintage eyeglass frames were manufactured during the nineteenth century in America, with most of them claiming some degree of success but none able to emerge wholly triumphant over the others. Business was still fragmented enough and the exuberance of discovery and new science too fresh and exhilarating for a bland “consensus” [...]


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  • Antique Eyeglass Frames for Pince Nez – Rimmed versus Rimless

    Posted on March 22, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Anyone who is at all familiar with pince nez and oxfords will know that the antique eyeglass frames which were made for these items of eyewear came in two major configurations – rimmed and rimless. Each of these styles were manufactured in countless millions during the heyday of the pince nez, between the Civil War [...]


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  • Elegant Historic Cases for Old Eye Glasses

    Posted on March 20, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Throughout the history of old eye glasses, people have made and used cases to keep their eyewear safe when it was not being worn. This habit continues to this day, with plastic, vinyl, and leather eyeglass cases or sheathes being used to shelter glasses against the scrapes, scratches, and outright breakage that the world can [...]


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  • Distinctive Old Specs – Pince Nez with Zyl Rims

    Posted on March 20, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Pince nez first came into fashion in the United States of America during the Civil War period. Just as the War of 1812 temporarily halted imports of high quality lenses to the New World and prompted a brief “lens grinding renaissance” in which American producers sought to supply the lack from their own workshops, so [...]


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  • Old Spectacles from the Early United States

    Posted on March 14, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    The years following the overthrow of British rule in the American colonies and the establishment of the United States witnessed many major changes, yet the evolution of old spectacles continued at a modest pace during this time. There was little impetus for American craftsmen to change the frames they manufactured beyond the alterations that had [...]


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  • Old Glasses Frames from Washington's America

    Posted on March 11, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    One striking feature of old glasses frames from the Revolutionary period is that high quality metal spectacles frames were no longer exclusively imported. Lenses were still mostly from Europe or England, since the very low cost and extremely high quality of lenses from the Old World made it difficult for local artisans to compete – [...]


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  • Features of old glasses from the Revolutionary Era

    Posted on March 11, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Round spectacles like those from pre-Revolutionary times continued to be made into the Revolutionary era, and can, in fact, be seen on many depictions of Benjamin Franklin, the father of the bifocal concept, himself. However, a time of clear change was underway in the technical sphere as much as in the political, and this is [...]


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  • CHANGES IN OLD EYEGLASSES FROM PRE-REVOLUTIONARY TO REVOLUTIONARY TIMES

    Posted on March 11, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

     
    Although it might be thought that the main changes from pre-Revolutionary to Revolutionary times in the British Colonies in North America were cultural and political, and that this would have little impact on the designs of old eyeglasses from this period, there was in fact a notable alteration in the way spectacles were made as [...]


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  • SILVER & GOLD VINTAGE EYE GLASSES FROM PRE-REVOLUTIONARY TIMES

    Posted on March 6, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    The choicest vintage eye glasses available to an affluent inhabitant of the British Colonies in North America in the time leading up to the American Revolution (17th through early 18th centuries) were silver and gold framed imports from the “home country” (that is, England). At that point, American craftsmen lacked the confidence and the technical [...]


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  • VINTAGE FRAMES & STYLISH WIGS

    Posted on March 6, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Vintage frames found on pre-Revolutionary American (or, more accurately, Colonial) glasses have many distinguishing features that both provide striking insights into the manufacturing techniques and social customs of their day. Lenses and eyerims are round on these vintage eyeglass frames, for example, due to the ease of making this shape with hand grinding methods. The [...]


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  • CONSTRUCTION OF METAL VINTAGE SPECTACLES

    Posted on March 5, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    The metal vintage spectacles worn in pre-Revolutionary America were mostly English imports, fashioned out of steel or bronze. Bronze was superior as a metal for this purpose, since stainless steel had not yet been invented and steel vintage spectacles would oxidize (rust) in humid conditions if not properly cared for.
    Silver and gold frames were also [...]


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  • METAL VINTAGE GLASSES FRAMES ON PRE-REVOLUTIONARY SPECTACLES

    Posted on March 4, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Although leather and horn vintage glasses frames are very common on the earliest American-made spectacles and pince nez, many of the surviving pre-Revolutionary spectacles have metal frames.
    This does not necessarily mean that such vintage glasses frames were more common than those made out of organic substances, since due to cost considerations, the reverse is almost [...]


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  • THE EARLIEST AMERICAN VINTAGE GLASSES

    Posted on March 1, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    The early days of the colonies which were to become the United States in the fulness of time were not quite as romantic as some might suppose after such a long remove of time. Besides the ferocious politics of the era, which led to some notable crimes, and the constant threat of torture and death [...]


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  • ELEGENT VINTAGE EYEGLASSES – THE MONOCLE & THE LORGNETTE

    Posted on March 1, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Not all forms of vintage eyeglasses survived to modern times. Pince nez still have a small following and even appear in the famous Matrix films as a pair of sunglasses on one of the characters; spectacles control most of the eyeglass market today; but monocles and lorgnettes have vanished from all places except the movie [...]


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