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Pince nez spectacles, cased, England, 1875-1925

Pince-nez or nose-pinching spectacles reached their height in popularity in the late 1800s. They had been around in some form since the 1500s. This pair is typically designed with a C-shaped nose bridge. This example also has a padded leather bridge. The lenses fold at the nose bridge and are secured by a steel latch. Pince-nez spectacles required skill and practice to balance on the nose. These spectacles can be carried in a snap lid case once folded.

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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: pince-nez

A type of spectacle that rests solely on the nose. Translates from French as nose-pinch