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The Club is able to offer members the opportunity to purchase copies of articles, collections

and antique commercial catalogues on disc. See below after Books for more information.




Timothy J Bowden


"To Timothy J Bowden goes the honour of having produced the first single-volume general history of contact lenses to cover their complete international development from a cosmetic prosthesis to a visual aid of increasing technical complexity."


We can offer a limited number of copies at half price £37.50 plus £5.00 postage to UK.

Save even more by collecting at a Club event - when no postage




Ronald J S MacGregor

Being a fully revised, updated and extended version of the much sought after original edition, which has been out of print for many years now. A 48 page comprehensive guide to the restoration and care of optical antiques, including numerous tips and trade secrets, and contact details for further information.

A must have for collectors, dealers and enthusiasts.

Protect your investment and/or collection for a modest sum.


Cleaning: Iron & Steel/Tortoiseshell & Horn/Brass, Silver, Copper & White Metal/Cases/Eyebaths

Repairs/Materials: Lenses/Books & Prints/Papier Mache & Lacquer/Leather/Shagreen/Instruments

General Hints: Blueing/Gilding & Electro-plating/ Preservation/Useful Tools/Useful materials

Measures approx 8 1/2 inches x 6 inches (A5 size), softback

Printed to order, £10 including UK P&P single copy:
Please send payment in sterling to: OAICC, 27 Orchard Avenue, Worthing, West Sussex. BN14 7PY. United Kingdom.

Also available as PDF download, please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for more information

Four very well researched Publications by Alan Leach:

"Old English Patents for Spectacles" 1783 - 1899  (Limited copies remaining)
"Old English Patents for Spectacles" 1900 - 1910
"A Collection of Advertisements" 1911 - 1930 (Limited copies remaining)
US Spectacles and Eyeglass Patents" 1836 - 1874

Copies direct from:
Mr. Alan Leach, 5 Cliffe Avenue, Lightcliffe, Halifax, West Yor
kshire. HX3 8TN. UK
Please send a STERLING draft made out to "O.A.I.C.C." or order in local currency from our representatives in U.S.A., Germany or Australia.

"In this book Alan Leach has gathered together a fascinating collection of old patents for spectacles, which will enable the reader to survey the development of these invaluable vision aids from the time when the first English patent for spectacles was granted to Addison Smith in 1783 until the turn of the twentieth century"


D. C. Davidson and R. J. S. MacGregor - Shire Publications 2002

Completely revised second edition with 50 pages and 62 colour pictures.

Copies from Shire Publications, a division of Bloomsbury Publishing, or your local bookshop. RRP £4.95

ISBN 9780747805458

Eye Baths: an illustrated survey

George Sturrock - November 2012 - hardback c.200 pages

The first comprehensive survey of eye baths, with over 400 entries and along with 400+ colour photographs and 300+ monochrome drawings.

For more details and an order form click here.

Antique Spectacle Cases

LIMITED EDITION of only 300 copies - 100+ pages - Gary Conway

Profusely illustrated guide to spectacle case covering both styles and materials

£40.00 plus p&p - please email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to order or obtain postage quote


Articles and Catalogues on Disc

(Go to 'SHOP - Early Catalogues' for detailed lists)

HOW TO PAY / ORDER? Please send list of items required and payment in  sterling

to OAICC, 27 Orchard Avenue, Worthing, West Sussex. BN14 7PY. United Kingdom.

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