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Spectacles and case

Object Number: 
1942.233ab
Date: 
ca. 1820-1830
Medium: 
Silver, glass; leather
Dimensions: 
Case: 1/2 x 2 x 4 1/2 in. ( 1.3 x 5.1 x 11.4 cm ) Overall (spectacles closed): 1 1/8 x 4 1/2 x 1/2 in. (2.9 x 11.4 x
Marks: 
engraved: on outside of left temple: "B Franklin./1788." stamped: on inside of right temple: "D.B.HEMPSTED" printed: on label affixed to case: "PORTER COLLECTION/NO." written: in ink on label affixed to case: "BENJAMIN/FRANKLIN./1788" written: on busi
Description: 
Silver spectacles with oval lenses and "C" bridge; adjustable pin-slider temples with loops at ends; maker's mark on inside of right temple. Hard leather spectacles case (of later date) open at top with thumb-nail indent.
Gallery Label: 
The donor of these spectacles wrote, "the spectacles of 'B Franklin 1788' are undoubtedly genuine. I obtained them direct from one of his descendants, Mrs. J.M. Read..." However, the silversmith who made these spectacles was not born until 1784, six years before Franklin's death.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Dr. Abram Joseph Abeloff
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group