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Object Name: Spectacles and case
Date: 1840-1880
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Medium: Gold, glass; leather
Dimensions: Overall (spectacles closed): 1/8 x 4 1/2 x 1 3/4 in. (0.3 x 11.4 x 4.4 cm) Container (Case): 1/8 × 5 × 1 1/2 in. (0.3 × 12.7 × 3.8 cm)
Place made: North America, United States
or: Europe, England
Description: Gold wire frame spectacles with slanted oval lenses, K-shaped nosepiece, and wire temples; housed in oblong leather case with open end.
Credit Line: Gift of Miss Anne Hull
Object Number: Z.1502ab
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Marks: ink inscription: on card accompanying objects: "Eyeglasses belonging/to Thomas Gold (see portrait) NY State Senate 1797"

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According to the donor, these spectacles were worn by her great-grandfather, Thomas Ruggles Gold (1764-1827), a New York State senator. However, based on the style of the spectacles, they were made after Gold's death.