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.


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