Our interests are as varied as the day is long. The following is just a small taste of what our members enjoy collecting. Basically anything eye, optical or visually related is fair game.
Pair of leather glasses, c. 1600s
This is an 1800s prototype of a William Leigh Newton brass Kaleidoscope, c. 1822.
Antique eye medications
Dr. Agnew’s Eye Water,circa 1880
Collection of lorgnettes (glasses with handles), circa 19th and 20th centuries.
Collection of 19th and 20th century cases
Ophthalmometer used to measure the cornea, dated 1899
Microscopes, telescopes, sextants, theolidites, and a vast array of other instruments are highly collectible
Safety eyewear was a staple of the Industrial Revolution
Some philatelists collect stamps with eyes on them
Books printed before 1500 that have optical significance. This one shows one of the first depictions of eyeglasses in a printed book.
1691 prayer book with reading glasses embedded in back cover!
Optical trade signs are a hot commodity! American Pickers purchased one for $8500.00!
Porcelain ointment pots
Popular during Victorian era England
Always a fashionable accessory, these hand-carved ivory opera glasses were the pinnacle of high society.
Some members collect trade coins from the 1800’s
Some eyewash cups date back to the 1500s or earlier, and can fetch extremely high prices
These glasses for a horse were made around 1900.
Cameras are collected by millions of people worldwide.
Glass and plaster eye made in 1890 by Brock Steger.
Stereoscopes were all the rage in the mid-to-late 1800s. Here is a coin operated one from 1899.
Rare optical items
Spyglass fan from 1800. Less than 200 of these exist worldwide.
Numerous items claiming to cure one’s vision abounded during the 19th and 20th century
These adorable figurines are collected by eye doctors and opticians everywhere.