Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Price Range for Pince-Nez

During the past three year we have received many emails recommending sellers of pince-nez. Sometimes we are shocked by the prices charged by many sellers for antique pince-nez mountings and frames. We believe that a reasonable price range for pince-nez, hoop springs or fingerpiece, is anywhere from $10 to $40 for base metal or gold-filled material in wearable condition. Gold mountings in 10k or 14k should be in the $60 to $125 range. This range is based on recent eBay sales.

As previously mentioned, you may have to try on several pince-nez to find one with the right fit. This is why we emphasize the buyer looks for a good return policy.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

A Word on Glass Lenses

We at the Renaissance continue to receive emails regarding glass lenses for pince-nez despite the fact that the subject has been covered extensively in previous posts. Modern glass lenses in the US, by Federal Law (circa 1974), must be made of tempered glass which is shatterproof. It can't be drilled for use in rimless pince-nez. Safety glass is also quite heavy and as far as we know, fairly thick. If we're wrong about this, please let us know (via comment section).

We received a thoughtful email from an optician in the UK who has invented a detailed, lengthy process for drilling safety glass lenses to make them suitable for rimless eyeglasses (pince-nez) and spectacles. While we appreciate his inventiveness, the thickness and weight of these lenses would tend to make the pince-nez both uncomfortable and unsteady on the bridge of the nose.


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