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Extending spectacles, cased, England, 1790-1793

These spectacles and matching hinged case are made of steel. The C-shaped nose bridge and extending arms are typical of spectacle design in the 1790s. The extending sides circled around the sides of the head to give the wearer extra security. The loops at the end of the arms are decorative. The spectacle case is engraved with the name ‘F. Cawood’ and the year 1793.

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Glossary: ophthalmology

The branch of medicine dealing with the diseases and surgery of the visual pathways (usually the eyes or the brain).

Glossary: spectacles

Pair of eyeglasses to compensate for defective vision or to protect the eyes from light, dust, and the like. Kept in place by sidepieces passing over the ears, on the nose or held in the hand.

Glossary: optometry

The professional practice of eye and vision care. Optometry includes the correction of visual defects with lenses or glasses.

Glossary: spectacle case

case for spectacles