benjamin martin spectacles

Benjamin Martin, a London optician, is credited with making the first eyeglasses that corrected vision in addition to being a reading aid. He published an essay in 1756 in which he explained his theories that the common spectacle then in use was "prejudicial to the eye" because the large lenses allowed too much "light to enter the eye."

Martin made spectacles in which one third of the lens opening was filled with the horn of the Ox and in which the "lens tilted inwards so that the axes of the eye converged on the object of regard."

These spectacles are extremely rare and very few originals have survived the test of time. We carry a small selection that would make an excellent addition to any collection.

Benjamin Martin, Martin's Margins
Antique Benjamin Martin Spectacles
Benjamin Martin Spectacles
Benjamin Martin Styled Frame


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