Sunday, March 28, 2010

If You Don’t See It, Ask For It!


Several Renaissance emails in recent months from readers have talked about the unavailability of pince-nez eyeglasses at any opticians. This situation is to be expected as the last real mountings were made sometime in the 1930s. As we've mentioned here, your best bet is to buy the mounting online or from an antique store, and then have an optician make prescription lenses.

A reader of the Renaissance recently informed us that an optician in New York still has a few pince-nez mountings available! This situation is quite rare and typically happens only with a store that has been in the same location for a century or more.

In the reader's case, the optician said they had no pince-nez in stock and that they were no longer made. Our reader was quite resourceful and had the courage to ask the optician to check their “old” stock. This material is often hidden away in the basement or in a seldom used cabinet containing “bits and pieces.” Quite often a few rimless fingerpiece or hoop spring mountings may be mixed in with assorted rimless spectacle bridges, etc. In some cases rimmed pince-nez may turn up too.

My colleague in the past has lucked out in the past in this regard and has obtained rimless pince-nez mountings for short money just by asking them to look. If the optician has occupied the same premises for decades you are more apt to be lucky. Very often, if they have moved in recent years, much of the long neglected, long forgotten “new” old stock has vanished.

If the optician seems even the least bit interested in your request, suggest that he/she take a serious and detailed look at Pince-Nez Renaissance. We are pleased to assist readers and businesses who are interested in the practical use of pince-nez.

It doesn’t cost anything to ask and your reward may be priceless, as in one reader's case.

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