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A Happy New Year to all,

from the OAICC

What's new? Check out the the books on offer in the Shop section and our latest unknown object on the Information Wanted page

Yet another 5 years of past OA to view on Shop/Newsletter Articles

Any spare or uwanted shell frames? See Shop/Items Wanted page


The OAICC was founded by the late Derek C. Davidson in 1982 on behalf of all those who are interested in collecting the material evidence for our optical past. There are about 200 members from many countries including the UK, Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, South Africa and the United States of America. Regular visits and excursions are arranged to museums and private collections, both in the UK and abroad. It celebrated its 34th Anniversary in 2016 and issued the 134th (Anniversary) edition of the quarterly Club Journal 'Ophthalmic Antiques' in January 2016.

Use the website for many purposes, email ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) your questions on identification, historic details, recent valuations, members with similar interests, future Club Visits, etc., etc.


Members have many interests covering the development of spectacles (including oriental spectacles), pince-nez, eyebaths, ophthalmic instruments, spyglasses, opera glasses, prints and antique books. A Journal is published quarterly with articles of general and specialised interest, along with auction news and details of club excursions (both in the UK and abroad) and publications.