Antiques & Collections: Windsor glasses – AgriNews

The first use of spectacles was recorded around 1300. Rock crystal was shaped and set in round frames for wear and to improve clarity. Eyeglasses with temple arms that sit over the ears were not created until the 1700s.

Glasses with dark lenses were worn for medical reasons in the late 19th century. Sunglasses that just cut off glare weren’t used until 1929.

President Theodore Roosevelt wore a monocle, probably the first president to admit he had trouble seeing. In 1784 Benjamin Franklin had special glasses that had bifocal lenses.

Benjamin Martin (1704-1782) invented Martin’s Margins glasses in the 18th century. They were round, had thinner, sharper lenses set in two round iron or steel frames, trimmed with cattle horn or tortoiseshell, and arms that wrap around the ears.

Next are “scissor goggles” which can be folded to fit in a pocket. The side pieces resembled those of a pair of scissors. They were first used in the early 1800s.

Once eyeglasses could be made by machine, they became less expensive, less of an ornament, and more of an item used by working men and women.

The glasses here are Windsors, a style that began in Victorian times. This pair has leather side flaps, a leather nose piece and a thin metal frame with round lenses and temples that wrap around the ears.

Today there are many collectors of medical devices, even auctions that only offer drugs, original containers and small medical tools. Prices are still low.

I once owned a glass dish of Northwood Alaskan Green Celery. I want to find a replacement and I don’t know how. What can you tell me?

Northwood glass was made by the H. Northwood Co., founded in Wheeling, West Virginia, in 1901 by Harry Northwood.

He and his brother, Carl, made pressed and blown glassware and novelties. Harry died in 1919 and the business closed in 1925.

The Alaska pattern was made between about 1897 and 1903 in several colors, including opalescent blue, opalescent emerald, green, and vaseline, a greenish-yellow glass. Some parts are offered for sale in online shops.

Try contacting a corresponding service like Replacements.com. Many dealers who sell antique glass keep a “wanted” list to help customers.

Let them know what you’re looking for and they’ll contact you if they find it. Your dish would cost over $100.

Current prices

popeyestore display, Pop-Up Spinach Can, cardboard, images Popeye, Olive Oyl, Wimpy, holding 12 tin lithograph boxes, Mattel, 1957, 14 by 13 inches, $675.

DollMadame Alexander, Cinderella, plastic, Tosca wig, blue taffeta dress, rhinestone crown, slippers, 1955, 8 inches, $920.

Cupboardwood, painted yellow, two 2-panel doors, 5 shelves inside, bootjack cutout base, 1800s, 50 by 41 by 23 inches, $1,100.

Baccarat Paperweightgarland, arrowhead cane, red star cane, green, intricate blue star, France, 1800s, 3 inch, $1,500.

Point: Fabrics decorated with metallic threads should not be washed. Wipe with a cotton swab and ammonia.

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