An early 17th century besicles bent out brass wire, that the glass rim is slightly eroded. The brass strips are on either side of the nose with a thin brass wire to the rest of the frame fastened, so that the possible replacement of a besiclesglas can be easily detached. The besicles has been unearthed in Amsterdam by J. Baart.
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Van Leest Antiques
Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.