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Circular Eyeglasses-Spring Temple Style Eyeglasses-Straight bow 19th century style-Gold toned frame Oval Eyeglasses - Straight bow 19th century style - Black frame Oval Eyeglasses - curved bow 19th century style - gold frame
Our Price: $49.95
Our Price: $49.95
Our Price: $49.95
Our Price: $49.95
Circular Eyeglasses-Spring Temple Style Oval Eyeglasses - curved bow 19th century style - gold frame
Circular Eyeglasses-Spring Temple Style Oval Eyeglasses - Straight Bow, 19th Century

These gold colored frames are good for all impressions from 1835-1880 and were the most common type seen during the Civil War. Lenses are clear with no magnification. Frames are screwed together and will easily accept prescription lenses from your local eye-care provider.

Prior to the Civil War, original eye glass frames were fastened with a molten lead plug. During the Civil War, Americans used screws to fasten eye glass frames allowing prescriptions and lenses to be replaced.
Compared to modern eyeglasses, antique spectacles are very small. Lens grinding technology was the limiting factor in determining the size of early spectacles. Limited technology, coupled with the size of the average person in the mid-1800's combined to give people who wore spectacles an appearance indicative of that period; a defining frame-to-face ratio. Today we are physically larger than we were in the 1800's and original period spectacles are just too small for most of us.
A good rule of thumb for spectacle size is approximately two-thirds the width of the face, eyes centered horizontally in the lens portion of the spectacles. As we are physically larger today than in the past, spectacle sizes can be increased to comfortably fit the wearer, while maintaining the approximate frame-to-face ratio of the past.

Classic Antique (1800s Vintage Oval Spectacles, Straight Temple Embossed Eyeglasses w/ Original Leather Case) Steampunk Gem
Original straight bow mid-19th Century Eyewear with case.

Oval Eyeglasses - Straight Bow, 19th Century
  
These blackened metal frames are good for all impressions from 1835-1880 and were the most common type seen during the Civil War. Then as now, gold was expensive and most common people wore frames of metals other than gold. Lenses are clear with no magnification. Frames are screwed together and will easily accept prescription lenses from your local eye-care provider. 

Prior to the Civil War, original eye glass frames were fastened with a molten lead plug. During the Civil War, Americans used screws to fasten eye glass frames allowing prescriptions and lenses to be replaced.
 
Compared to modern eyeglasses, antique spectacles are very small. Lens grinding technology was the limiting factor in determining the size of early spectacles. Limited technology, coupled with the size of the average person in the mid-1800's combined to give people who wore spectacles an appearance indicative of that period; a defining frame-to-face ratio. Today we are physically larger than we were in the 1800's and original period spectacles are just too small for most of us.
 
A good rule of thumb for spectacle size is approximately two-thirds the width of the face, eyes centered horizontally in the lens portion of the spectacles. As we are physically larger today than in the past, spectacle sizes can be increased to comfortably fit the wearer, while maintaining the approximate frame-to-face ratio of the past.

Oval Eyeglasses - curved bow 19th century style - gold frame
Round Sunglasses - Double Hinged Bow 18th Century Style - Bronze Frame 1-3/4" Square Clear Glass Inkwell
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Our Price: $9.95
Round Sunglasses - Double Hinged Bow 19th Century Style - Bronze Frame
Round Sunglasses - Double Hinged Bow 19th Century Style - Bronze Frame 1-3/4" Square Glass Inkwell

An 1-3/4" Square Inkwell made of clear glass. For use with our Ink Pens (Wooden Pen:MB-7770 & Black & White Horn: MB-7777) and our ink pouches (MB-7895K).