People can shadow box a menagerie of things—not only sports team jerseys. This week, Dr. John Hanford, a local optometrist, brought in some vintage pairs of eyeglasses. These antique eyeglasses proved to be quite interesting, and most pairs date back to the 30s and 40s. Each eyeglass frame, assembled in real gold, had to be treated with the utmost care, as they were very fragile and delicate.

Preparation

After dusting and carefully cleaning the glasses, we either sewed the glasses themselves onto an archival backing (Crescent #7501 Light Gray Suede) or sewed them into their according eyeglass case (which like the glasses, were also very delicate!). We sewed them using filament.

The Box

We framed this shadow box using a Larsen-Juhl frame (#663181) and added Larsen-Juhl #120660 as a frame lip for visual interest. We then added a contrast suede spacer and finished the piece with TruVue museum glass and Wall Buddy hanging hardware.

This job took two hours to complete, start to finish, and would cost around $475.

Ready for pickup!

Here’s looking at you, kid!

So, what do you have in your treasure collection that needs a shadow box display of its own? There’s always something.

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