1952.0005 Spectacles, view1
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Spectacles (Eyeglasses)

  • Category:

    Organic (ivory, horn, etc.)

  • Place of Origin:

    China, Asia

  • Date:


  • Materials:

    Tortoise shell (marine turtle); Paktong

  • Museum Object Number:


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Object Number


Object Name

Spectacles (Eyeglasses)


Organic (ivory, horn, etc.)

Credit Line/Donor

Gift of Henry Francis du Pont

Place of Origin

China, Asia

Origin Notes

Previously catalogued as England. Updated with research. Dealers may have purchased in New England as imports through the China trade. [AWagner 8/2019]




Tortoise shell (marine turtle); Paktong

Dimensions (inches)

1.969 (H) , 5.709 (L) , 4.961 (W) , 0.8113 (Weight)

Dimensions (centimeters)

5 (H) , 14.5 (L) , 12.6 (W) , 23 (Weight)

Measurement Notes

Length is of earpiece unextended and height is of lens frame.

Object Description

Text available soon.

Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Book] Toppler, Joachim. 1988 A Spectacle of Spectacles. 178.
Similar object: p. 161, fig. Oc108
[Book] Rosenthal, J. William. 1996 Spectacles and Other Vision Aids A History and Guide to Collecting.
Similar objects: pp. 72-73, figs. 111, 113-114