Beautiful antique silver riding temple eyeglass frames. They are approximately 100 years old and show some signs of use / wear and tear but would still make a great pair. They are ready for your prescription lenses and for everyday use.
These are previously worn frames, normal scratches and general wear and tear is expected. We have inspected them to make sure they are fully functional, screws and hinges work, can take your prescription lenses and are suitable for daily use.
Frame width: 4 3/8 inches
Temple Length: 6 1/2 inches
Lens size: 39X30mm
This is a medium vintage size.
Check out our ebay store For a large selection of similar eyeglass frames in gold and silver, as well as many different vintage styles.
Oval Riding temple eyeglasses were common from the late 18th century until after the first world war. Nose pads hadn’t yet been invented so the nose bridge was what’s called a saddle bridge, sitting directly on the nose. That caused the eyeglasses to sit very close to the face, limiting the size of the lenses and the frame width. This is why antique eyeglass run small. The temple’s were made to curve around the ear so that they wouldn’t fall off when riding a horse. They were usually gold or silver colored, Sometimes made of solid gold or gold filled. (a heavy plating process where the gold plate is usually 10% of the total weight) With the advent of nose pads in the 1920’s, these largely fell out of favor and haven’t been manufactured since. Throughout the years many of them have been melted down for their scrap gold value, thus they are becoming harder to find. They still remain favorite’s by many today who desire the vintage look and are generally associated with intellectuals and academia.