Thursday, March 22, 2012

Just in "Case"

We have often mentioned that a pince-nez should be stored in a sturdy, strong case when not in use. Since appropriate cases for this purpose are no longer made, one needs to look elsewhere. Few opticians have suitable cases, certainly the big optical chains don't. The best bet is eBAY. There are many eyeglass cases available on eBay, some are quite reasonable.

It is most important that a pince-nez sits securely in its case: the cover should not press down too tightly that it disturbs the bridge, nose guards or springs. Yet the case should not be so large that the pince-nez can move around freely when it is closed. If this happens, the pince-nez can be cushioned with an eyeglass cleaning cloth or piece of soft, cotton fabric.

The cases in the photo show that each one is the correct size for the pince-nez it holds. Naturally I believe that none can compare in quality and elegance to the gorgeous sterling silver pince-nez case shown on the January 14, 2012 post.

One must use extreme care with storing pince-nez with safety devices: chains, and cords can easily become entangled around springs, nose guards and bridge which can cause serious damage to a pince-nez. We hope this post makes a "strong case" for safe, proper pince-nez storage!

While sturdy cases are still made and like the antiques, metal based: the key word here is appropriate.... the modern variety are generally too large for a pince-nez.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Hyde Park, FDR and Pince-Nez Myth

The Entering Hyde Park sign has a wonderful caricature of FDR redolent of one of his classic poses: the jutting jaw, cigarette holder and his trademark rimless hoop spring pince-nez.

There are countless myths surrounding FDR. The most persistent one being that he wore a pince-nez to copy his distant cousin Theodore. FDR began wearing a rimless hoop spring pince-nez around 1901 while a Harvard student. He was not copying anyone, merely opting to be stylish and up to date with current fashion trends of the era.

The Roosevelt estate at Hyde Park, New York is a National Park and well worth a day's visit. When Roosevelt spoke of returning home to Hyde Park, he meant the town of Hyde Park, his estate was called Springwood.


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