Pair of bone spectacle frames; c 15th century

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

Full image caption

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.

Image Details

Date
 
1400 AD - 1499 AD
Image Number
 
009122

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