I was lucky enough to win a great vintage optometrist set on ebay very recently. It came from the US. I was amazed at the amount of bits and pieces in this set. As well as all the lenses, it has three pairs of spectacles, 2 pairs of spectacles that the lenses fit into, a monacle, extra little bridge, all the eye charts and a small collection of photographs of the man it belonged to.
Above is a photo of the store owned by Dr Joseph Levitan, the optometrist who owned and used the set.
These photographs show Dr Levitan at various times through his life, the last one is a polaroid taken in 1991 outside his shop. He retired in 1993 and passed away last year. I found his obituary online.
What a sweet little bridge with beautiful engraving and Mother of Pearl nose rests.
As you know, I use the lenses to make my pendants. It's a bit of a pity to break up a set but at the same time, it's of no real use anymore. Even with a few lenses missing it will still be interesting to me.
Speaking of pendants, those of you who were holding your breath for me to make a pendant for a giveaway....exhale! This week is my blogiversary so I'll be posting a giveaway to celebrate. Stay tuned!