A. Weber Prince-Nez Spectacles
Pince-nez spectacles have been around since the 14th century but really gained in popularity towards the end of the 19th century. As the name suggests, ‘pinch nose’, these spectacles have no earpieces and perch on the bridge of the wearer’s nose.
This pair was manufactured by A. Weber Watchmakers and Jewellers based in Winburg, the oldest proclaimed town in the current day Free State. As to the age of these spectacles, “Winburg, ORC” gives us a clue. The Orange River Colony (ORC) was created in 1900 and ceased to exist in 1910 when it was absorbed into the Union of South Africa as Orange Free State Province. From this, it can be deduced that these spectacles are in the region of 110-120 years old. Imagine whose nose/s this beautiful pair of specs has perched on.
Still in their original case, the spectacles and case are in good condition, with slight signs of wear and tear as is befitting of a functional item of its age.