Spectacles and case
Silver, glass; leather
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
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
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.
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.
Gift of Dr. Abram Joseph Abeloff
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