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.

Date Made: ca 1955ca 1960

Maker: unknown

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States

Subject: EyeglassesOphthalmologyEducation


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Credit Line: Gift of Eric P. Muth

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1984.0140.417Catalog Number: 1984.0140.417Accession Number: 1984.0140

Object Name: spectacleseyeglassesOther Terms: spectacles; Vision Aids

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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-9c36-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1109696

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