Period eyeglasses

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  1. May 23, 2019 #41

    dgracia

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    I have a pair of the round, double-hinged temple glasses from Townsend. About 12 years ago I had an optometrist put in a pair of progressive lens from my prescription. I was amazed that he was able to do that in that tiny round space (1-3/16"), and he had to be careful to get a good Pupilary Distance measurement to make sure their focal center matched my eyes correctly. My pupils are not in the very center of the glasses, so the lenses had to be ground to match my eyes. Worked great, right up until I sat on them. Now I have to get them re-bent to the correct shape again.

    Here's a link to them:
    https://www.townsends.us/products/18th-century-reproduction-glasses-gl-791

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    I've had three pair of original 1790-1820 frames with the loops to tie behind the head and the last two, I had Bifocal's in them. (When I began reenacting no one was making repro frames.) I went to Pearl Optical for the first bifocal pair and a similar place for the second around 1984. Surprisingly, the lenses and installation were less than I paid for modern lenses.

    I currently have a set of Townsends frame with Bifocal lenses, that I wore all the time at reenactments. I found it was most important to get the "tied" ribbons or strings set so it was comfortable and just left them in that position. That way I could wear them all day and as much of the night as I wished.

    I never ran across a place that could not make Bifocal lenses in any original or repro frames I have used. So if one does have problems, I suggest trying a different place.
    Funny, since my cataract surgeries in both eyes, I haven't had those glasses on. Thanks to the implanted lenses in my eyes, I only need reading glasses.

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  3. May 23, 2019 #43

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    And they have two styles, one later model that has folding temples, and one earlier that has one piece temples with loops for tying thread or ribbon.
     
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    One solution I have found to work is to get the cheap Chinese reading glasses of 0.5 or 0.75 power. Often these are sold in groups of five for very low cost. Low enough that you won't feel bad about grinding or sanding the plastic lenses to fit your frames. Use some painter's tape to protect the lenses and fit to your frame. 1.00 reading glasses can be found at the dollar stores and may work. You need a lens that puts the front sight in focus. I wear a set of the 0.5 power readers ground to fit my period frames. Once upon a time there was a sutler who sold period readers, but he is no longer in business. I did sell a pair of these readers to a fellow club member who was amazed to suddenly have the front sight back in focus.

    For years my contact lenses were monofocal or one lens for reading and the other for distance. I used mu old lenses for shooting since they could focus on the front sight. When I asked my optometrist for a similar reading glass prescription, he didn't recommend it. Perhaps he wanted me to get two sets of glasses.
     
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    Old Glasses.JPG
     
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    These are original, should be cleaned, but I have taken out of my display case many times over the years to work on close work. Made to wear low on the nose for close work and the user can look over them for distance. As you can see by the note, the entire family shared one pair!
     
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    57437541_10214697347490576_5944660489182117888_n.jpg 59079051_10214697345890536_9127390500020551680_n.jpg 2 pair of originals, both have sliding temples. One pair has the original case and lining. Both could be 59367686_10214702543780480_6181299391756763136_n.jpg put into service.
     

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