Pair of bone spectacle frames; c 15th century
3 0 c m
40cm
actual image size: 29cm x 22cm

Pair of bone spectacle frames; c 15th century

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These bone framed spectacles were originally fitted with convex lenses for reading. The English friar Roger Bacon made the earliest reference to using a lens to enhance the eyesight in 1268. The demand for reading glasses increased after the middle of the 15th century, when printed books began to appear.
 

Date

1400 AD - 1499 AD
 

Image Number

009122
 

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