Spectacles and case

Object Number: 
Z.1502ab
Date: 
1840-1880
Medium: 
Gold, glass; leather
Dimensions: 
Case: 1/8 x 5 x 1 1/2 in. ( 0.3 x 12.7 x 3.8 cm ) Overall (spectacles closed): 1/8 x 4 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (0.3 x 11.4 x
Marks: 
ink inscription: on card accompanying objects: "Eyeglasses belonging/to Thomas Gold (see portrait) NY State Senate 1797"
Description: 
Gold wire frame spectacles with slanted oval lenses, K-shaped nosepiece, and wire temples; housed in oblong leather case with open end.
Gallery Label: 
According to the donor, these spectacles were worn by her great-grandfather, Thomas Ruggles Gold (1764-1827), a New York State senator. However, based on the style of the spectacles, they were made after Gold's death.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Anne Hull
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group