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Folding pocket spectacles

Folding pocket spectacles
Title
Folding pocket spectacles
Date 
1820-1840
Medium 
Steel, glass
Dimensions 
closed: 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 1 in. ( 1.3 x 6.4 x 2.5 cm )
Description 
Steel folding pocket spectacles with hinged nosepiece; oval lenses and double-hinged (Ayscough type) temples with elongated loops at ends.
Object Number 
INV.7707
Gallery Label 
Most spectacles folded at the juncture of the lenses and temples, although some spectacle makers experimented with alternatives. These spectacles feature a hinged nosepiece which allows them to fold more compactly.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group