Protective spectacles and case

Object Number: 
1939.159ab
Date: 
1880-1900
Medium: 
Steel, glass; cardboard, leather
Dimensions: 
Case: 1 3/8 x 5 x 1 1/4 in. ( 3.5 x 12.7 x 3.2 cm ) Overall (spectacles closed): 1 x 4 3/4 x 2 in. (2.5 x 12.1 x 5.1
Description: 
Protective spectacles with tinted oval lenses connected by "C" bridge; adjustable turnpin temples, and wire mesh surrounding lenses (to protect eyes from debris). Leather-covered cardboard spectacles case of cylindrical shape with pointed bottom and flap top, embossed with grid pattern.
Gallery Label: 
Protective spectacle were useful to railroad and factory workers concerned with airborne debris.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. James King Hand
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group