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Spectacle case

Object Name: Spectacles case
Date: 1940-1960
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Medium: Silk, cardboard
Dimensions: Overall: 1/2 x 2 x 5 1/2 in. ( 1.3 x 5.1 x 14 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Rectangular silk-covered spectacles case with one open end; case covered with gold damask from the "great gold curtain" which hung in the Metropolitan Opera House from 1905 to 1940.
Object Number: INV.11338
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Marks: stamped: on silk inside top of case: "LUGENE, INC./NEW YORK" printed: on accompanying note: "THIS SPECTACLE CASE OF GOLD DAMASK/IS MADE FROM THE GREAT GOLD CURTAIN/WHICH HUNG IN THE/METROPOLITAN OPERA HOUSE from 1905 to 1940/AN EXCLUSVIE COLLECTOR'S PIECE/DESIGNED BY/LUGENE, INC., Opticians/MADISON AVENUE, NEW YORK" printed: on reverse of accompanying note: "HISTORY OF THE GOLD CURTAIN/The gold curtain hung at the Metropolitan Opera House for thirty-five years. It rose first..."

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This gold damask spectacles case is made from the "great gold curtain" which hung in the Metropolitan Opera House from 1905 to 1940. Spectacles cases were made from the curtain as a promotional vehicle for Lugene, Inc. opticians on Madison Avenue.