A pair of folding Pince-Nez reading spectacles c1900. The word pince-nez means: 'pinching the nose' and these were a nineteenth century innovation whereby the glasses had a spring clip to retain them in place under their own tension, an alternative to spectacles with earpieces or lorgnettes which required the wearer to hold them in place.
These pince-nez are a type known as the ‘C-bridge’ and possess a C-shaped bridge composed of a curved, flexible piece of metal which provides tension to clip the lenses on the wearer's nose. They were in wide use from the 1820s to the 1940s and were available in a variety of styles.
This pair, having probably been kept folded for a many years, seem rather wonky when placed on the nose (unless it’s just my nose!) and would probably be better as a display item. They have a little rust as can be seen in the photos and also one of the lenses has some damage.
A wonderful set of spectacles for display or to add to a collection.