Straight spectacles, France, 1801-1920

Made:
1801-1920 in France
maker:
Unknown

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Straight spectacles, steel, French, 1801-1920. Full view, pale grey background.
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Straight spectacles, steel, French, 1801-1920

These frames are made from extremely fine steel wire. They have been heated at a high temperature to produce an oxide layer. This prevents rusting. The process is called ‘blueing’. The spectacles are light and fragile-looking. They may have been worn by a man or a woman. The x-shaped bridge or double bridge is known as the French style due to its popularity in France.

Details

Category:
Ophthalmology
Object Number:
A681712
Materials:
glass, steel
type:
spectacles, ophthalmology (aids), ophthalmology (aids), spectacles, straight
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • eyeglass

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