Pince-nez and case

Object Number: 
Z.1677a-c
Date: 
ca. 1870
Medium: 
Steel, glass; wood
Dimensions: 
Case: 1 3/8 x 5 3/8 x 2 3/8 in. ( 3.5 x 13.7 x 6 cm ) Overall (prince-nez): 1/8 x 3 1/4 x 2 1/2 in. (0.3 x 8.3 x 6.4
Marks: 
typed: on tag found with pince-nez: "Eye-Glasses worn by A. Oakey Hall,/Thomas Nast always caricatured Mr./Hall wearing these glasses./Presented by Mrs. A. Oakey Hall,/June 10, 1922." stamped: on top of box: "JOHN WANAMAKER,/NEW YORK./OPTICAL SECTION."
Description: 
Pince-nez with steel frames and colorless glass oval lenses; nosepieces with serrated surface attached to steel bar connecting lenses; loop below one lens for attaching ribbon or chain. Wooden box (probably not original to pince-nez) with sliding lid marked by John Wanamaker.
Gallery Label: 
A. Oakey Hall (1826-1898) was mayor of New York City from 1868 to 1872. Known as "elegant Oakey," he is best remembered for his alliance with corrupt Tammany Hall. The cartoonist Thomas Nast campaigned against A. Oakey Hall and other corrupt New York City politicians. Hall's pince-nez always featured prominently in Nast's satires.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. A. Oakey Hall, 1922
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group