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Antique Spectacles 1700s Forged Iron Temple Eyeglasses Double Hinged

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These antique spectacles have forged iron frames and are more than 200 years old; I believe they date to the late 18th century (more or less the time of the Revolutionary War), since oval lenses like these were not introduced until later in that century. The eyeglasses are double hinged with folding flat bows ending in large loops that were used to tie a cord around the head. There's only a slight magnification in the lenses, so these might have been reading glasses.

On one side, the temple piece is broken at the hinge and missing its looped extender; aside from that, the spectacles are in good condition for their age. There is some corrosion and rust on the metal. The lenses have a few scratches but are really in pretty good condition and are loose but secure within the frames. They fold flat nicely and would be a great display piece or addition to a collection.

Size: 4 5/8 inches (11.7 cm) across the front of the frame; 1 1/16 inches (2.7 cm) tall; the first temple piece is 4 inches (10.2 cm) long, and the second one is 2 3/8 inches (6 cm)

Antique Spectacles 1700s Forged Iron Temple Eyeglasses Double Hinged


  • Vintage item from the 1700s
  • Materials: forged iron frames, glass lenses
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  • Ships worldwide from Missouri, United States