Box with personal items
Wood, leather, metal, silk, paper
box: 1 5/8 x 5 7/8 x 2 7/8 in. ( 4.1 x 14.9 x 7.3 cm )
stamped: upper left corner of lid near address label: "FRAGILE" printed: upper left corner of address label on lid: "From / Dr. John J. Hogan. / Physical Eye Specialist. / 15 West 23rd Street, / Fifth Ave. Bldg, New York." handwritten: lower right cor
Dovetail wooden spectacles box with sliding removable lid, containing a variety of personal items; lid has adress label affixed to one side, vendor's information stamped on opposite side; personal items include 2 coin purses with metal snap fasteners, (rr) piece of red, white and blue silk ribbon tied in a knot at the center; metal letter "S"; and (tt) an election roster printed on a piece of paper.
This spectacles box containing personal items was among the items found in the footlocker of William H. Paine, who served as a surveyor with the Army engineers during the Civil War. Paine was responsible for devising systems and tools to better facilitate the surveyor's tasks, including patenting a coiled steel tape measure.
Gift of the Estate of Isidore L. Rosenzweig, in Memory of Bessie and Isidore L. Rosenzweig, 1978
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