Spectacles

Object Number: 
INV.7703
Date: 
1830-1840
Medium: 
Steel, glass
Dimensions: 
closed: 1 x 4 1/4 x 3/4 in. ( 2.5 x 10.8 x 1.9 cm )
Marks: 
written: on tag attached to object: "DELAFIELDS 3/38"
Description: 
Steel spectacles with oval lenses connected by "C" bridge; adjustable turnpin temples with elongated loops at ends.
Gallery Label: 
Steel spectacles were stronger, lighter, and more affordable than silver ones. The owner of this pair, Henry Delafield of New York City, supposedly traded in his silver spectacles, which he acquired as a young man, for this lighter option.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. Gardiner Pike, 1894
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group