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  • THE DIVERSE FORMS OF ANTIQUE EYE GLASSES

    Posted on March 1, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Antique eye glasses were often made in forms that are very familiar to us today, despite a few cosmetic differences. They have eyerims connected by a simple bridge, temples to secure them to the head either by tying a ribbon around the back of the head or by hooking them over the ears, and so [...]


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  • THE SECRETS OF LENSES FOUND IN ANTIQUE FRAMES

    Posted on February 27, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

    Though antique frames reveal much of the maker, and can give you a window onto the skilled hand manufacturing techniques of a bygone age as well, you should not neglect the lenses when you are scrutinizing an old pair of spectacles, whether they are from the age of the Robber Barons, the Civil War Era [...]


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  • ANTIQUE SPECTACLES & THEIR LENSES - GLASS & CRYSTAL

    Posted on February 26, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

     
    Antique spectacles had different lenses than today's. Glass and plastic lenses are so prevalent in our own day, and are manufactured to such a high degree of precision, that they have completely supplanted other materials that were once used to provide optic lenses to the nearsighted. Antique spectacles frequently made use of crystal in place [...]


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  • THE MATERIALS OF ANTIQUE GLASSES FRAMES

    Posted on February 26, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

     
    Although it is not the first thing that the newcomer to the world of antique glasses frames  thinks of, the material that antique eyeglasses are made out of is one of the many keys to determining when they were made, and is an interesting subject in its own right. The clever, labor intensive techniques developed [...]


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  • THE DESIGN OF ANTIQUE GLASSES

    Posted on February 26, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

                Some of the interest of antique glasses comes from the interest of seeing how people solved the problem of designing spectacles in an era before modern precision manufacturing and materials technology. Before the latter part of the 19th century, both lenses and antique glasses frames were individually hand made by [...]


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  • THE APPEAL OF ANTIQUE EYEGLASSES

    Posted on February 22, 2012 by The Vintage Optical Shop

     
    Antique eyeglasses, whether of relatively recent manufacture, made within living memory, or produced back in the misty, half-seen times of our Republic's early days, appeal in a number of different ways to the collector and to those who are simply looking for something distinctive and unusual to wear in place of modern eyeglasses. They are pieces of history [...]


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