closed: 1 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 3/4 in. ( 3.8 x 11.4 x 1.9 cm )
engraved: on outside of left temple: "B B" stamped: on outside of right temple: "36" stamped: maker's mark on inside of both temple: "TP" stamped: on back of bridge: British lion and monarch's head written: on tag found with object: "OLD ROUND/ENGLISH
Silver spectacles with circular lenses connected by "C" bridge; adjustable double-hinged (Ayscough type) temples with elongated loops at ends. Outside of left temple engraved with owner's initials (BB).
"Preserver" spectacles were meant to preserve the wearer's vision by exercising eyesight before vision had deteriorated. These spectacles are marked "36" on the temple to indicate their focal length.
Gift of Columbia University, 1920
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