London, South Kensington
7 April 2005
A rare pair of late 17th/early 18th-Century baleen nose spectacles,
composed of one strip of baleen, fastened with wire at the either side of bridge
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Baleen (a series of stiff, flexible material that hangs from the upper jaw of a whale) came from the North Sea where Basque, Dutch, French and English whalers worked, and was use for spectacles from 1500 until the 1700s.
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