Spectacles and case

Object Number: 
INV.7525ab
Date: 
ca. 1860
Medium: 
Brass, other metal, glass
Dimensions: 
Case: 5/8 x 4 3/4 x 1 3/8 in. ( 1.6 x 12.1 x 3.5 cm ) Overall (spectacles closed): 1 x 4 1/2 x 1/2 in. (2.5 x 11.4 x
Marks: 
stamped: on side of case below lid closure: "PATD JAN 24 1860" typed and handwritten: on scrap of paper found inside case: "Grandfather Samuel Barker Harper's glasses. / Frame most curious. Adjustable ear pieces. / BEQUEST OF / MRS. LATHROP C. HARPER /
Description: 
Brass wire rim spectacles with octagonal colorless glass lenses, crank bridge, and temples with loop-to-loop slider and loop at end; in lozenge shaped embossed sheet metal case with ribs radiating from a central cartouche on top of hinged lid and similar design on bottom.
Gallery Label: 
A note found with these spectacles indicates that they were used by the donor's grandfather, Samuel Barker Harper.
Credit Line: 
Bequest of Mrs. Lathrop C. Harper, 1957
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group