Early recorded History dates the first eyeglasses to approximately 1286 AD. The earliest known style of eyeglasses were Rivet glasses, made of wood, bone, horn or iron. The rivet allowed the frame to be clamped to the nose and folded for storage.
The 'Glasses Apostle' in the altarpiece of the church of Bad Wildungen (Germany). Painted by Conrad von Soest in the 'Glasses Apostle' is considered the oldest depiction of eyeglasses north of the Alpes