These black wire mesh goggles with oval aqua-colored lenses were designed to protect the eyes from the wind and dust. A cotton cord wraps around the head to keep the goggles secure. Advertisements suggested the goggles would be particularly useful keeping cinders from the eyes while traveling in a railroad car.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1860
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
cord (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
black (overall color)
aqua (overall color)
brown (overall color)
overall: 3.1 cm x 13.3 cm x 2 cm; 1 1/4 in x 5 1/4 in x 13/16 in
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accession number
catalog number
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Artifact Walls exhibit
Clothing & Accessories
Health & Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Robert S. Moody

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