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The Copp family of Stonington, Connecticut used 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 18th-century glasses. The spectacles are missing one lens and one earpiece.
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 1790
place made
United Kingdom: England
Physical Description
iron (frame material)
glass (lenses material)
overall: 7/8 in x 4 in x 1 3/8 in; 2.2225 cm x 10.16 cm x 3.4925 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Gift of John Brenton Copp
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Domestic Furnishings
Copp Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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