|Description: A pair of glasses with silver wire rims and clear glass lenses. They have straight ear pieces. Connecting the two lenses are two curved wires. |
The glasses and case are from Buffalo, New York.
Far-sighted or aging colonial Americans imported spectacles from Europe. Spectacles were mainly for those wealthy and literate colonists who required a valuable and treasured appliance. Glasses cost as much as $200 in the 1700s.
Benjamin Franklin developed the bifocal in the 1780s. See "History of Eye Glasses" at www.teagleoptometry.com/history.htm.
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