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.

Date Made: 1750-1800

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Ophthalmology


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Related Publication: Spectacle and Other Vision Aids

Credit Line: Dache M. Reeves

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-11223Accession Number: 260033Catalog Number: M-11223

Object Name: spectaclesOther Terms: spectacles; Eyeglasses

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a8-ee85-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1058664

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