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Wearing with minor modification

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Wearing with minor modification

This section details the wearing of spectacles that must have small modifications made to them. Typically, this would be adding tinted lenses to antique spectacles into modern day sunglasses. It should be noted, that in every case, the original lenses, cases, wrappers, and components are kept (preserved and respected) for future use in case the spectacles need to be returned to their original state. Exhibit M is a dramatic change from standard pince-nez where the clear glass-reading lens has been replaced by a new plastic CR39 lens with a mirrored green AR coating. This pair of late 19th century pince-nez has a gold plated chain that hooks around the ear. In wearing these pince-nez, the fit to the nose bridge is so good that the chain is not needed at all, except to maintain a high confidence that if the spectacles slipped they would not reach the ground. The image in Exhibit M is a composite of 2 photographs, one being of the author, which is in monochrome, and the second being the pince-nez, which is in color. The effect of the composition promotes attention to the pince-nez. Exhibit N is another example of creating a pair of sunglasses from an original steel pair of folding temple spectacles dated around the late 18th century. In this exhibit, modern metalectric mirror plastic lenses replace the original lenses. These lenses have an extreme green AR coating and when viewed from different angles actually look either teal or purple. The spectacles are very comfortable for the wearer as sunglasses. Exhibit O shows a coin silver late 18th century pair of spectacles in the reading position. Like Exhibit N, the frames are screw clamped and allow for easy access to the lenses. With folding temples and strong hinges, the spectacles are ideal to convert to sunglasses as shown in Exhibit P. The conversion is made by replacing the original lenses with CR39 plastic lenses with a 45% purple tint. This Exhibit worn as sunglasses promotes a definite ‘attitude’ image for the wearer. Exhibits Q and R are mid 19th century examples of quartz-based Chinese tinted sunglasses. Both pairs of spectacles are heavy to wear, although Exhibit R is easier due to the lighter weight of the quartz. Both spectacles are worn on the cheekbone and have the traditional high bridge with interesting brass lens clamps using rivets. Each has folding temples with tiny brass circular finials. Unfortunately, both Exhibits have very weak temples, especially the folding hinges in the middle of the temple, which makes them difficult to use in everyday wear. Exhibit S is a view of a pair of early 20th century brass and tortoise Chinese spectacles with tinted lenses. The lenses are not prescription and although the bridge is heavy, the size of the lens allows for reasonable comfort in wearing them. The brass temples add style to these spectacles with engraved detail along both the temples as well as including the finials.


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