Cased set of Optician's Lenses
Manufactured by the American Optical Company
A great set of opticians lenses dating from the late 19th Century. The set is fitted within a folding leather covered case with metal corner pieces which when opened out reveals two trays of lenses. Each tray is covered with a lift-off velvet lined lid. Each tray lifts out and there are further fitted sections below all lined with velvet. The box has the original leather labels with gold writing.
The metal latch on the outer box is marked A.O.Co for the American Optical Company and it is also marked Pat.Oct.71 with a Star shape below.
There are 136 optical lenses, testing both short and long sighted and a further 7 additional loose lenses. Half the set are brass framed and the other half are metal framed. Each lens in engraved on the handle with the prescription and there are also 5 various filter lenses. The set comes with a pair of metal framed testing glasses which the lenses drop into.
The box itself measures approximately 9" (23cm) wide by 10" (25cm) long and 7" (18cm) tall. Each lens is 1 1/4" (3cm) in diameter.
The whole set is is very original and has a great look to it. It is good condition for its age and certainly displays very nicely. I've tried to photograph every aspect but there are a couple of points to note - the metal framed 1.50 lens is missing its glass and 1.25 and 4.0 are missing so the set is 2 lenses short. It can be made up to look complete with the spare loose lenses however the numbers do not correspond. The leather covers for the trays would have been held down by small catches that swung over the top of them from the sides of the boxes which are now missing. The leather covering on the outside of the box has flaked in places and has some general signs of wear and the velvet interior has some small marks and minor stains.
The best description comes from the photos so please look at them all carefully and if you have any questions at all please ask.