c1800 Chinese Tabless White Metal Glass Reading Spectacles


A very interesting pair of late 18th to early 19th century Chinese reading spectacles in very good condition.

The spectacles have a nickel frame, which at first appearance, looks like a pince - nez. However, it does not grab the bridge of the nose and requires thin cotton thread loops to slide over the ears, in order to hold them in position.

The lenses are circular and are made of polished graduated glass, which are attached inside the circular brass surround. There is an unusual articulated tab on the bridge with a horn handle, presumably to pick them up, without touching the lenses. The glasses fold into themselves until they are circular, for easy storage. The glasses work well.

This set is part of a collection of antique Georgian Chinese spectacles that we are selling and which are rarely seen outside museums.

Size: 13.5 x 7 cm (5 1/4 x 2 3/4 inches)
Diameter: 4.7 cm (1 13/16 inches)
Weight: 29 g