Pince-nez

Object Number: 
INV.10705ab
Date: 
ca. 1870
Medium: 
Hard rubber, glass; leather
Dimensions: 
Case: 1/4 x 2 3/4 x 1 5/8 in. ( 0.6 x 7 x 4.1 cm ) Overall (prince-nez, open): 1/8 x 3 x 2 3/4 in. (0.3 x 7.6 x 7 cm)
Description: 
Pince-nez with blue-tinted glass lenses and hard rubber frames; oval lenses are connected by flexible steel bar; loop below one lens for attaching ribbon or chain; spur below one lens and knob below opposite one for holding pince-nez closed. When closed, pince-nez fit into burgundy soft leather case (b) with one rounded end and one open end.
Gallery Label: 
This pince-nez belonged to William H. Paine of New York City. Tinted lenses such as these were used by people who needed to see in the dark, such as railway conductors. Paine was a civil engineer who worked on the Brooklyn Bridge and the Hudson River tunnel.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group