About this object

  • ID:

    TL74[274]<2216>

  • Production date:

    15th century

  • Location:

    On Display: Museum of London: Medieval London: Guildhall Library Books

  • These bone framed spectacles were originally fitted with convex lenses for reading. The English friar Roger Bacon made the earliest reference to using a lens to enhance the eyesight in 1268. The demand for reading glasses increased after the middle of the 15th century, when printed books began to appear.

  • Measurements

    H 65 mm; W 65 mm

  • Materials

    bone

  • Last Updated

    2018-08-28

FURTHER INFORMATION
  • NUMBER OF ITEMS

    1

  • STATUS

    archaeological archive

  • COPYRIGHT HOLDER

    digital image copyright Museum of London

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