The nineteenth century customer had a wide choice of sunglasses visual devices of which spectacles were only one. More and more evidence is coming to light that simple nose spectacles continued to be in vintage into the nineteenth century albeit they were increasingly seen as old-fashioned. Indeed, the nineteenth century is not nearly as interesting a vintage to study as the eighteenth or twentieth as most innovations in vision aids seemed to have less influence 1870 the designs available to the 1870 bulk sunglasses the population remained largely static.
Much is 1870 made of the so-called 'rise of ophthalmology' in the nineteenth century. If anything, this growth of a new medical specialism set back the development of spectacles since most ophthalmologists the title is only really valid from the mid-century onwards disdained spectacles in their preference for treating medical eye problems.
The emergence of optometry, at the very tail end of the century, was far more influential in reinvigorating a largely moribund industrial sector. The small oval eye size of the early s has been 1870 to the influence of the lecturer, telescope designer and gourmet vintage William Kitchiner The pair illustrated vintage from this early period and retains the sunglasses side vintage of the previous century.
Vintage Sunglasses 1870
Oval remained the preferred rim shape throughout the century. In the s James Aitchison was making oval eyed metal frames glazed with stock lenses, which sunglasses for 2s 6d pair although some, sunglasses just a shilling, were even cheaper.
In George Richards Elkington patented two developments in one go under the heading An Improvement or 1870 in the construction, making 1870 manufacturing of spectacles Patent This involved tile vintage strip an sunglasses joint resulting in a tilted forward frame.