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Posted 5 years ago


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Does this ring a bell with anyone? The caps are sterling, English hallmarks, has an R on one side, suggesting it contained something for which there was a right and left, rubber inserts, . The sterling caps make me think that this would be a personal effect item used regularly, like some people have gold toothpicks or sterling keychains, something like that.

Anyone have any ideas?

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  1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Contact lens.
  2. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    That was my original thought, but when were contact lenses invented? It doesnt appear that this contained any liquid or lubrication, but it could have. Is that a guess or have you seen these before? I found a WWII "medical lense" container that is very similar, but whats a medical lense?
  3. MA., 5 years ago
    For a microscope?
  4. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    If it was for a microscope I don't think it would be sterling, thats usually used in things that you carry around and use regularly, personal effects items like a silver toothpick or a keychain or a money-clip
  5. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    It' labeled "R" on 1 cap so the other cap would naturally mean left to me. Since it is for something small, I still say contacts unless possibly hearing aids. I didn't think the early non-flex contacts were kept in a fluid. If for nipple or lower piercing ornaments, I wouldn't think they would be labeled " R" & L .
  6. guymannering guymannering, 5 years ago
    Glass-blown scleral lenses remained the only form of contact lens until the 1930s when polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA or Perspex/Plexiglas) was developed, allowing plastic scleral lenses to be manufactured for the first time. In 1936, optometrist William Feinbloom introduced plastic lenses, making them lighter and more convenient.[11] These lenses were a combination of glass and plastic.
    In 1949, the first "corneal" lenses were developed.[12][13][14][15] These were much smaller than the original scleral lenses, as they sat only on the cornea rather than across all of the visible ocular surface, and could be worn up to sixteen hours per day. PMMA corneal lenses became the first contact lenses to have mass appeal through the 1960s, as lens designs became more sophisticated with improving manufacturing (lathe) technology.
    Early corneal lenses in the 1950s and 1960s were relatively expensive and fragile, resulting in the development of a market for contact lens insurance. Replacement Lens Insurance, Inc. (now known as RLI Corp.) phased out its original flagship product in 1994 after contacts became more affordable and easier to replace
  7. kindy kindy, 5 years ago
    Did you work out what it is? I believe the original hard contact lenses required a suction cap to remove them lol.
  8. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    Yeah, its an old contact lens case alright

    Oh my god, like a suction cup on your EYE?? I read that they were made of GLASS too, imagine having one shatter...
  9. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    So not for piercings do-dads?
  10. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    Nah, its fairly old, I don't think people had nipple rings in the 1950's or whenever, haha!
  11. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Well, I've been encountering them (no pun) for quite a few years now. I just can't bring myself to mar this perfect 66 yr old body! I have a perfect figure, 34-34-34.
  12. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    Aww come on Blunder, I'll give this to you to hold them!
    But they've got to be rhinestone studs, so they sparkle through your shirt

    Seriously though, you've seen vintage nipple rings?? No wayyy... I want pictures
  13. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    They would just be deleted.
  14. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    Why? They're not pictures OF nipples, just the ornaments
    You're pullin' my leg aren'tcha?
  15. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 5 years ago
    Yea. The only pics I have are lower & not antique.
  16. Stillwater Stillwater, 5 years ago
    Oh man... You're so funny Blunder

    Find anything good lately?

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