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Object Name: Spectacles
Date: 1830-1840
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Medium: Steel, glass
Dimensions: closed: 1 x 4 1/4 x 3/4 in. ( 2.5 x 10.8 x 1.9 cm )
Place made: North America, United States, New York
Description: Steel spectacles with oval lenses connected by "C" bridge; adjustable turnpin temples with elongated loops at ends.
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Gardiner Pike, 1894
Object Number: INV.7703
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Marks: written: on tag attached to object: "DELAFIELDS 3/38"

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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.