Spectacles and Case

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The Copp family of Stonington, Connecticut owned these steel spectacles during the early 19th century. The spectacles are hinged at the temple and halfway down the stem, with small oval loops for the earpiece that is typical for late century glasses. The spectacles came are accompanied with a brass case.
The Copp Collection contains a variety of household objects that the Copp family of Connecticut used from around 1700 until the mid-1800s. Part of the Puritan Great Migration from England to Boston, the family eventually made their home in New London County, Connecticut, where their textiles, clothes, utensils, ceramics, books, bibles, and letters provide a vivid picture of daily life. More of the collection from the Division of Home and Community Life can be viewed by searching accession number 28810.
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1800
Physical Description
glass (glasses material)
brass (glasses material)
pressed paper (case material)
leather (case material)
overall: 3/4 in x 1 5/8 in x 6 in; 1.905 cm x 4.1275 cm x 15.24 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History


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