Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hoop Springs in Sutter Creek

LeDandy and family recently visited the historic old town of Sutter Creek in Amador County California. Last year we had a wonderful time in this old town with gold mining roots from the 1850s. Now there are many bed & breakfast inns, antique stores and wine tasting rooms.

LeDandy wore his hoop spring pince-nez. Did anyone notice? One sales clerk in an art gallery did ask me about them. Of course no one in the antique stores notices them.

LeDandy read The Teapot Dome Scandal by Laton McCartney on this trip. An excellent fun read.

Friday, June 24, 2011

Pince-Nez to Avoid Buying

My Renaissance partner often gets carried away on a particular topic. Despite my view that this subject has been covered in the past sufficiently, I agreed to post the following.

Given the sellers on eBAY or antique dealers often know nothing about pince-nez, I believe that periodic reminders to our readers re: items to avoid purchasing are worth considering: after all why waste money on a pince-nez which is so defective that it can't be worn.

While at times one look at a photo "tells all"... this classic saddlebridge rimless fingerpiece has a broken spring. The other rimless mounting shown looks fine but it's a spectacle mounting not a pince-nez.

The attractive but cheaply made rimless hoopspring sunglass pince-nez has rivets rather than lens screws and re-lensing it is generally not possible. This type of non-prescription sunglass was the most popular of all in the 1895 to 1920 era. It came in various widths, lens colors, sizes and was sold for about 25 cents at most stores. The nose guard design was clever and easy to adjust making it both comfortable and secure.

The classic rimless hoopspring with the bent bridge can't be adjusted because it would immediately snap and break.

We hope that this post may prove useful. As always your comments are encouraged and most welcome.

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Jacob's Pince-Nez

I love it when we get emails and photos from our readers who have bought pince-nez and have lenses made for them. Those who have lenses made for their mountings have shown a commitment to wearing this style of eyewear. Jacob sent in these photos of himself, each showing a different pince-nez.

In the photo below, Jacob is wearing a shawl-collared tuxedo along with a flexible guard pince-nez. The frames appear a bright gold and there is a good reason for this coloring: he had the frames gold-plated by a jeweler! A local optician crafted the lenses.

flexible guard pince nez
Jacob also bought the fingerpiece style pince-nez as seen below. He had transition lenses made by Eyeglass Lens Direct in Sugarland, Texas. He had the lensmaker outline the the lenses from an old pair of templed glasses. Jacob was very pleased with their work and he recommends them for lenses. For added comfort and security, he added silicone nose pads from QTE.

Thank you Jacob for your photos and recommendations. I'm sure you'll be pleased with your purchases.


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