Spectacles

Description
This pair of Harlequin-shaped eyeglasses dates from about 1960. The frame is made from 12KT white gold and has a black enamel-like design on the rim and temples. The Ultex bifocal lenses are made each from one piece of ground glass. The nose pads and earpieces are covered in plastic. By the mid-twentieth century, the variety of styles, colors, and materials for eyewear had become limitless.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
spectacles
eyeglasses
date made
ca 1955
ca 1960
maker
unknown
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
gold, white (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
black (overall color)
yellow (overall color)
Measurements
extended: 3.6 cm x 14.3 cm x 12.5 cm; 1 7/16 in x 5 5/8 in x 4 15/16 in
Place Made
United States
ID Number
1984.0140.417
catalog number
1984.0140.417
accession number
1984.0140
subject
Health & Medicine
Clothing & Accessories
Eyeglasses
Ophthalmology
Health & Medicine
Artifact Walls exhibit
Education
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Artifact Walls exhibit
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Eric P. Muth

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