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Anyone know of a company doing appropriate spectacle frames for Victorian? I'm keeping an eye open for an original set to have reglazed, but wondered if anyone knew of any off the peg ones that didnt need a second mortgage.

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sally wrote:Anyone know of a company doing appropriate spectacle frames for Victorian? I'm keeping an eye open for an original set to have reglazed, but wondered if anyone knew of any off the peg ones that didnt need a second mortgage.
What sort of type are you after? Pince nez types in good shape can be had on Ebay frequently and very cheaply, eg:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Antique-Astig-type- ... 4cf4415d72
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hadnt thought of the US ebay, I keep an eye open on the UK one but will widen my search. They will need to have full rims to be worth reglazing I suspect?

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Dead men's spex. Great folks with glasses for most eras. Most customer want 40s or 50s but he does keep earlier styles so do ask him.

http://www.deadmensspex.com/default/
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there has been glasses seller at TORM when i have been
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Polygone wrote:there has been glasses seller at TORM when i have been
I think i know who you mean Andy, but I can't find the link.. or Remember the name......

I got mine for about a tenner from Uk ebay, then found a friendly Optician to reglaze them for me, in my case it was £60 lenses + £30 custom fitting with optional £30 for glare reduce & scratch resist.
However, they were curious as all-out about why I wanted them, and once I'd gone through the spiel, they offered free fitting if I wanted the glare resist, so not bad.

Doesn't help much, though other than to put another vote in for ebay... and possibly eBid.....
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reglazing is scarily expensive, in the first instance I'm going to try grinding down a pare of spare plastic lenses to fit, see if I can get a useable result for just occasonal wear.

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Sally

It might be worth looking for "Goth" spectacles, or "Steam punk". on E bay.You used to be able to buy a simple wire framed pair in a shop in Soho, fairly cheap, but I don't know if it is still there.

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sally wrote:reglazing is scarily expensive, in the first instance I'm going to try grinding down a pare of spare plastic lenses to fit, see if I can get a useable result for just occasonal wear.
Ahh.. Fair point. I'm lucky in that respect I suppose that my prescription isn't that bad.
some opticians may be able to grind down existing lenses for you, which could be a cheaper option. Mind you, that means finding one that'll do that - I'd reccomend the smaller, non-chain branches perhaps?
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I didn't think £45 was too bad. But then, I wear my period specs instead of modern ones. :eh:

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Polygone wrote:there has been glasses seller at TORM when i have been
Trevor Timms, 'Period Glasses'.

http://www.periodglasses.com/index.html

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Hi Sally,

I have a basket of 5 or 6 Victorian frames in various states of needing repair. I've pince-nez, glasses with stems that do not go around the ears - that the ears are there to hold up glasses is a very late development - and one with a cardboard chatelaine glasses-case with the original glasses in them. I seem to remember that one pair is tinted blue, for some reason.

None of them cost as much as £45. And, bearing in mind our discussion about how organised one is, I'm pretty sure that I can find it as it was out some months ago. But where on earth am I likely to see you so that you can try them on for size?

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Medicus Matt wrote:
Polygone wrote:there has been glasses seller at TORM when i have been
Trevor Timms, 'Period Glasses'.

http://www.periodglasses.com/index.html

Nice chap, horrible website.
THATS the guy I was trying to remember!
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I've got glasses from him as well, a top chap.

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