View Full Version : Help with eyewear

05-19-2007, 09:08 AM
Good Morning,
Could anyone help me in locating where to purchase reasonable eyewear for my husband? I have purchased antique cw era eyeframes and they look alittle small. Is that the way they are? Any help would be appreciated.

05-19-2007, 03:24 PM
These were recommended on another site:
http://www.smoke-fire.com/accessories-3.asp - scroll down to the bottom
Period lenses were small(er) - how small are the ones you have?

Joanna Jones

05-19-2007, 04:36 PM

These (GL-782) would have been considered a bit old-fashioned by the time the 1860s came about, but, for an older gentleman (such as myself), they would be fine. These, which are the wider version of the 781s, have lenses which measure 1 3/8" by 13/16". From hinge to hinge, they measure 5 1/4".


05-20-2007, 06:48 PM
thankyou both for your replies. Between the two sites I'm sure I can find something for him.

Poor Private
05-21-2007, 12:46 PM
Unless he is blind as a bat he could go without glasses. Most privates couldn't afford eyewear.

05-21-2007, 03:21 PM
The poster said nothing about whether or not her husband was military or civilian; and, if military, nothing about rank.

In my own case, without corrective lenses I cannot even see my sights. Going without is not an option.

05-22-2007, 06:01 PM
At the present time sir he is civilian.

05-22-2007, 06:30 PM
Try EBAY, if you know what your looking for you can get a real bargain.

05-23-2007, 08:54 AM
Unless he is blind as a bat he could go without glasses. Most privates couldn't afford eyewear.

I checked several store ledgers and my database and found that spectacles were not that expensive. The prices that I found ranged from $ .50 to $1.25. Also, privates were civilians before the war and may have had spectacles before enlisting.

I'll admit that not as many people wore glasses as they do today but for the people that need to wear them and cannot wear contacts, glasses were not all that uncommon and reasonably priced.