Spectacles and case

Object Number: 
Z.1505a-c
Date: 
1780-1820
Medium: 
Silver, glass; wood, sharkskin
Dimensions: 
Overall (spectacles closed): 1 1/4 x 5 1/2 x 2 1/4 in. (3.2 x 14 x 5.7 cm)
Marks: 
hallmark: on outside of proper left temple: [Chinese characters] handwritten: on accompanying note from donor: "Chinese spectacles in original sharkskin case"
Description: 
Chinese silver spectacles with silver frames, large round lenses connected by squared nosepiece, and double-hinged temples with circular loop ends; two-piece oblong wooden case with sharkskin exterior.
Gallery Label: 
Early Chinese spectacles tend to be large, as the size of the spectacles supposedly reflected the intelligence of the wearer.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Walter S. Poor
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group