Spectacles, Windsor, Corded sides; Unknown maker; 1880-1920; RI.W2001.70


Spectacles, Windsor, Corded sides

About this object

A pair of Windsor style oval brass-framed spectacles with springy cord-like temples and sides.

Early spectacles from around the 18th Century were secured to the face and head using ear loops or cords which were hooked around the ears. It is noted that some spectacles used wire in this regard. The sides on this pair are a very flexible wire with a curved end, giving them a style and fit similar to that of the early forms.

The Windsor style is denoted by the saddle (fixed) bridge and round frames.


Unknown maker

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Medium and Materials

inorganic, processed material, glass
inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, copper alloy, brass
inorganic, processed material, metal, alloy, gold alloy


h 80 mm x w 110 mm x d 120 mm

Subject and Association Keywords

Clothing and Accessories

Object Type

personal effects

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