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Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Oldest Eyeglasses

The World’s Oldest Surviving Pair of Glasses (Circa 1475)

Open Culture | September 28, 2015

Above, we have what The On-Line Museum and Encyclopedia of Vision Aids believes is the world’s oldest surviving pair of glasses. Dating back to the 15th century, the glasses belonged to the Eighth Shogun, Yoshimasa Ashikaga, who reigned from 1449 to 1473, during the Muromachi period of Japanese history. Both the glasses and their accompanying case were made of hand-carved white ivory.

<more at; related links: (Spectacles of Well Known People in History (Part One). [Blogger's note: There are seven parts in all to this series. See links at the end of Part One for where to find the remaining parts.]) and (Museum of Vision. Timeline of Eyeglasses)>

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