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Eyeglasses21 of 95Antique gunmetal, 14k gold and pearls lorgnette and long chain, Carter Howe & Co mark. Spectacles in trunk Mark Twain's ?
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    Posted 4 years ago

    Hamish
    (48 items)

    Well here is something you don't see everyday (no pun intended). Just walked past a charity shop on my way back from Starbucks and these were in the window. Obviously as you can see they are in serious need of a clean. The guy behind the counter helped his brother clear out a cellar at the weekend and this is one of the things that came out. He said he could probably sell them in the shop and he had only put them out an hour before I walked past, and he said he didn't think they would be there for long.

    I'm guessing that it is a salesman's sample set as all the lenses and metal nose bridge parts are different. I can't believe the whole thing has survived so well, especially the information card. Need to do some research on this one I think.

    Hamish

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    Comments

    1. pickrknows pickrknows, 4 years ago
      Check to see if the bridges are gold, they usually are!
      Nice find!!
    2. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Ô..Ô ;-)
      These were used by opticians, the customer tried on the models for the pupillary distance and nose width and the optician ordered the appropriate one with no error because of the number engraved on each.
      I suppose the optician made the right corrective lens for the mount.

      More often gold filled...
    3. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Made by American Optical Company:
      https://fr.pinterest.com/pin/424393964865068753/

      Sizing:
      https://www.historiceyewearcompany.com/page/30/about-spectacle-size
    4. Hamish Hamish, 4 years ago
      Fantastic information, thank you. I never gave it one thought that they were an American company, no idea how they ended up in a cellar in London!
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      A very unique find for sure!!

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