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Bow Nuremberg spectacles, cased, Germany, 1651-1710

The shape of the nose bridge gives the name bow frame spectacles. They are made from a single length of copper wire. Thread has been wound around the bridge for added comfort by the owner. These are typical of spectacle design in the 1600s. They are named after the main centre for spectacle making: Nuremberg in Germany. They were difficult to wear. The wearer had to tilt his or her head back slightly so they would stay on. They appear with a matching brass case.

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