Staff at a landfill in New Zealand discovered old 300-year-old glasses worth $5,000. The pair was sold in an online auction for closer to $6,000, according to a report.
The glasses are of “Martin’s Margins”, created by English optician Benjamin Martin in 1756. They were popular from the 1760s to the 1820s.
The pair features a solid, circular steel frame with horn or tortoiseshell inserts.
Meanwhile, photos on TradeMe.co appeared to suggest that the glasses could be strapped together in the back and folded together by hinges.
It is said the thick frames were designed to preserve the lenses. However, the discovered lenses were assumed to be already damaged due to excessive light.
Meanwhile the treasure trove The Tip Shop was initially not certain because it bears no markers; it was created by the said English optician.
The College of Optometrists said Martin’s invention originated from the inventor’s own vision problems. He focused more on the function and did not mind how the pair would appear.
Regardless, the shop attracted almost 7,000 views.
It was later sold for about $6,000 by the winning bidder Aaron Smylie. It was a tribute to his late partner, Helen Hammond, who passed away the previous month after battling cancer.
He said he used to chat his partner over FaceTime using filters including large, round-framed glasses. These antique spectacles reminded him of her.