Thursday, December 23, 2010

Another Source for Silicone Nose Pads


Now here is a cheap stocking stuff for Christmas. Well, it might actually get lost in the stocking since it is so small. Thanks to Reader Kurt, we now have another source for silicone, boot-style nose pads. Kurt found these nose pads priced at $4 a pair at Nose Pad King online. Neither Kurt nor I have used them, but you may want to check them out.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Doing It Right: Mary and Her Pince-Nez



Last week I received a great email from Mary who is new to the world of pince-nez. Shown above she is modeling her rimless fingerpiece which she just loves. And she should as it looks wonderful on her! She also had another fingerpiece mounted with prescription sunglass lenses.

Mary is a role model for those who want to get started with pince-nez. From her story, I want to point out the steps she took in getting her glasses.

  • Mary went on eBay and purchased a number of pince-nez mountings. She bought five hoop springs and four fingerpiece mountings. This variety helps immensely in determining the proper size and preference in style.
  • She bought an assortment of silicone nose pads and tried on the pince-nez with the pads. These pads are essential for comfort and security.
  • She had her optician copy the dimensions of the original pince-nez lenses for her regular glasses above. Most opticians incorrectly steer customers towards lenses which are too large for pince-nez. Mary stuck to the classic dimensions above. For sunglasses below, she opted for larger lenses.

So what stimulated Mary's interest in pince-nez? She ran across this eyewear during her study of clothing worn during the Civil War era.

Welcome to the world of pince-nez and congratulations on taking the proper steps.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Installment IV: "The Mechanics of Fitting Glasses"


This is our fourth and final installment in "The Mechanics of Fitting Glasses" series. Please remember that these installments are for historical purposes only. Depending on your browser, you may have to reload the screen. We have highlighted definitions or terms in yellow and added comments in red.

Today's installment covers loose screws and mounting rimless lenses. Click [here] for the fourth installment.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Pince-Nez Terminology Trivia


Some Renaissance readers may be a bit obsessive about using correct terms like my colleague, the oft quoted Mr. Johnson. While much of the following has been covered in previous posts, you will find this summary interesting and informative.

  • Pince-nez, pronounced pahns-nay, is French and literally means pinch-nose. The term is singular although the plural is the same.
  • The wording "pair of pince-nez" is wrong as pince-nez is singular.
  • Pince-nez should never be called spectacles. Eyeglasses is the proper term. From the 1860's to the early 1930's, eyeglasses and spectacles had distinct meanings. Eyeglasses were pince-nez and spectacles had temples or arms.
  • Eyewear was unisex until the late 1930's.
  • Pince-nez nose pads are properly called nose guards or nose guard grips. Nose pads on this site refer to silicone "boot style" pads which can be applied over the nose guards for a more comfortable and secure fit of the pince-nez to the wearer's nose bridge.
  • Pince-nez mounting vs. pince-nez frame. If a pince-nez is rimless, it is a mounting. If a pince-nez has rims for lenses, it is a frame.

We hope that the above may be of some interest to you and that it clears up some terminology confusion.

Again, it is most important to search the "Annotated Table of Contents" on the left side of this site. Keep the comments coming!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

A Note to Readers


My colleague and I agree on most things concerning pince-nez. However, we will disagree on rare occasion. He has been hounding me endlessly to post the following which in my opinion is repetitive. We all know that to get an individual off your back, it's easier at times just to comply. It is a proven method which works equally well with both terrorists and children.

Without further ado, I present the following text;

"We at the Pince-Nez Renaissance appreciate your email questions and want to help you as much as possible. It would help greatly if you describe the type of pince-nez you wear or would like to wear. Is it rimless or rimmed? Is it ia fingerpiece, hoop spring, Oxford or Astig? Naturally, a photo, as the old saying goes, is "worth a thousand words." Please remember, our purpose is to help you.

If you are confused by the terminology, please read the sections listed in our annotated table of contents."

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