This video details my hard-bridge pince-nez, made by CW Titus in New Brunswick, Canada. The glasses go back a very long time and I’m not entirely sure when these were made but the design was becoming very rare even at the turn of the 20th century. The glasses support themselves by using a spring system embedded in between the lenses in the bridge to pince (pinch) the nose, hence it’s namesake. Although the pinching system isn’t very effective for anything other than the most tame of situations as they are very quick to fall off one’s face.
The tendency for falling off is why I put together the chain that part of this video focuses on. The chain was made by repurposing a necklace from Dollarama that roughly matched the coloring of the bridge on the glasses. Sticking one of the rings through the small hole in the pince-nez and another through a safety pin created a system near-certain to keep the glasses safe from impact shattering from a six foot fall.
This particular style of pince-nez is called a “hard bridge” style because the bridge of the glasses is… well… hard, firm, does not move. It is the style that uses little springs to pinch the nose rather than the elasticity of the bridge metal to pinch the nose.
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