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Spectacles and case

Object Number: 
INV.7515ab
Date: 
ca. 1820
Medium: 
Silver, glass; leather, metal, felt
Dimensions: 
Case: 1/2 x 5 1/8 x 2 in. ( 1.3 x 13 x 5.1 cm ) Overall (spectacles closed): 1 x 4 3/4 x 1/2 in. (2.5 x 12.1 x 1.3 cm
Marks: 
hallmark: on inside of left and right temples: "IT" in rectangle and Birmingham anchor stamped: inside spectacles case: "Paul A. Meyrowitz/THE FIFTH AVE OPTICIAN/389 FIFTH AVE. 539 FIFTH AVE." written: on label affixed to bottom of eyeglass case: "SPECT
Description: 
Silver spectacles with blue-tinted oval lenses connected by "C" bridge; double-hinged (Ayscough type) temples with elongated loops at ends; Birmingham hallmarks stamped inside both temples. Leather-covered metal clamshell eyeglass case (later, 20th century) stamped with optician's name.
Gallery Label: 
These spectacles belonged to New Yorker James Geery.
Credit Line: 
Gift of George H. Morris, Jr., 1958
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group