The Copp family of Stonington, Connecticut owned these steel spectacles around 1790. The spectacles are hinged at the temple and halfway down the stem, with round loops for the earpiece that is typical for late century glasses. One of the lenses is cracked, and the frame has been repaired with wire.
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.
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Object Name
Object Type
date made
ca 1820
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
steel or iron (overall material)
overall: 1 1/4 in x 6 1/2 in x 4 3/4 in; 3.175 cm x 16.51 cm x 12.065 cm
overall: 7/8 in x 4 7/8 in x 1 1/2 in; 2.2225 cm x 12.3825 cm x 3.81 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
Copp Collection
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp

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