Spectacles

Description
These silver-framed eyeglasses with round lenses are know as Martin's Margins. They were invented by Benjamin Martin (1704–1782), an instrument maker from London, England. The dark rims were supposed to protect wearers from excessive light and improve their vision. This pair probably dates from the second half of the eighteenth century. Most Martin's Margins frames are made from steel or silver and have either horn or tortoiseshell rims.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
spectacles
date made
1750-1800
maker
unknown
Physical Description
silver (frame material)
glass (lenses material)
horn (inner rims material)
Measurements
extended: 3.3 cm x 10.6 cm x 8.7 cm; 1 5/16 in x 4 3/16 in x 3 7/16 in
ID Number
MG*M-11223
accession number
260033
catalog number
M-11223
subject
Health & Medicine
Clothing & Accessories
Artifact Walls exhibit
Ophthalmology
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Artifact Walls exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Dache M. Reeves

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