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Antique Chinese Shagreen eyeglasses case

Antique Chinese Shagreen eyeglasses case

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Scholar Art: Pre 1920: Item # 499723

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During the late 1800's and early 1900's eyeglasses became an important accessory for the Chinese. Upon seeing eyeglasses on visiting Western dignitaries and businessmen, the Chinese perceived and admired these "spectacles" as age enhancing. Not only did the eyeglasses improve eyesight...but they added age and dignity to the face of the wearer. Equating age with wisdom and respect, many Chinese took up the custom of wearing eyeglasses. Those Chinese with good eyesight...used clear lens with no correction.

And, of course, required to "protect" and enhance the importance of the spectacles...the next layer of accessory was the eyeglass case.

This old Chinese eyeglass case has a very attractive slim shape, copper fittings and shagreen covering. Case measures 7" x 2.5 and is in very good condition.