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Early Optical Catalogues

The Club is able to offer members the opportunity to purchase copies of antique commercial catalogues on compact disc or USB stick: Click here for sample pages.

Groos, Ltd. Manufacturing and Export Opticians, established 1830, London.
Dating to 1911, containing over 600 pages with a few in full colour. Covering frames, folders, cases, instruments, opera glasses, telescopes, barometers and much more... Includes trade prices.
This is a very comprehensive, and much sought after catalogue.

Nitsche & Gunther, Rathenow, Deutschland. 1912 catalogue.
Over 80 highly illustrated pages. Spectacles, folders, frame display material, lorgnettes, thermometers and more... Complete with trade prices
Please note: This catalogue is in German but is full of many wonderful illustrations.

D. V. Brown Wholesale & Manufacturing Optician, Philadelphia, USA. 1910 catalogue.
170+ illustrated pages of optical goods, instruments, trial cases, machinery and accessories. Helpful section identifying numerous eyeglass guard types. Also with trade prices.
Very useful and detailed catalogue covering the American Optical Industry

Wm Gowlland, Ltd., Morland Road, Croydon, England,
Running to over 150 pages, it contains a fascinating variety of pictures complete with descriptions and prices of many varieties of ophthalmic goods.
Allied more with instrumentation than with spectacles it covers  ophthalmoscopes  corneal microscopes  perimeters  optometers trial frames  lamps  laryngoscopes  instrument tables trial sets
and much more

J&H Taylor (London) Ltd., Hatton Gardens, London c1910
(Pdf file only, no jpegs,) 84+ pages, highly illustrated, well known British Manufacturer and supplier of spectacles, equipment, magnifiers, barometers, field glasses and telescopes

W A Jones Optical Co., Cleveland, Ohio, USA 1924
71 pages plus price list of frames, optical equipment, instruments and tools

A Selection of Modern Ophthalmological Instruments
51 pages covering instruments manufactured by members of the Association of Dispensing Opticians Limited. England 1933


Cost per disc is £7.50 (Club Members) or £10.00 (Non members) with post and packing charge of £2.75 for UK & EU, and £3.50 for the rest of world per order, no matter how many discs ordered.


CLUB MEMBERS ONLY CAN NOW PURCHASE ALL the above catalogues on a single USB stick, along with a numerous post 1950 catalogues , for only £25.00 plus postage - contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Articles & Collections


Madame Alfred Heymann Commemorative Disc:
Madame Alfred Heymann published the rare book "Lunettes et Lorgnettes de Jadis" in 1911 giving details of her fabulous collection. Unfortunately, after her death in 1925, the collection was dispersed and all but disappeared. Members of the Ophthalmic Antiques International Collectors' Club, led by Dr. David Fleishman, recently succeeded in locating a large part of the collection.
The OAICC has since produced this Commemorative Disc containing over 300 images of many of the spectacles and cases held by the Chateau Ecouen.

The cost of the Madame Heymann Commemorative disc is £10 with postage as for the catalogue discs.

Please send list of items required and payment in sterling to OAICC, 27 Orchard Avenue, Worthing, West Sussex. BN14 7PY, United Kingdom, or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it