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Spectacles 1700s

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Unknown
Colored Spectacles
Handmade colored spectacles with round-rimmed lenses and circle end.
c1775
Colored Spectacles
Small oval (1 in. x 1-1/4 in.) forged-iron spectacles with flat U-bridge, flat bows, hinged (folded), end in large rings (3/4 in.) and dark green glass lenses. RE: Plano, LE: Plano.
1780-1800
Unknown
Combination Spectacles
Four lens spectacles with extension temples and loop ends, one set of clear lenses, 1 blue lens.
c1820
Benjamin Martin
Martins Margins
Spectacles have gold plated frames with circular horn inserts around lenses. The left insert is marked B.M. for maker, Benjamin Martin. 3.5 cm x 11cm
1775-1800
Martin's Margins
Martin's Margins spectacles with inset horn around small lenses. Temple pieces have large rings padded with fabric.
1750
Riveted spectacle and case
Silver frame has round lenses and is riveted at the bridge so that one lens folds over the other for storage in the case. Bridge is stamped "14." Case is silver and mother-of-pearl, in a pair-shape, and opens by pressing a small button at the side. The case has a ring attached so that it can be wor
c1780
Scissor spectacle
Horn scissor spectacles with circular myopic lenses. Arms with lenses fold into the handle, creating a protective case.
1770-1780
Scissor spectacle
Mother of pearl and silver scissor spectacles with circular lenses. Arms with lenses fold into the handle, creating a protective case.
c1810

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