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Pince-nez and Eyeglass Case
1900-1940
Original Owner:Originally owned by Beatrice Fox , American, 1887 - 1968
Maker:Pince-nez made by Harvey & Lewis , American, founded 1890
Maker:Case made by Unknown
(a.): ground glass lenses, 10 karat gold, tortoise shell or plastic (b.): hard-sided spectacle case covered with black lizzard, lined with black velvet and trimmed with 14 karat white gold
Primary Dimensions (length x width x depth): 4 x 1 7/8 x 3/4in. (10.2 x 4.8 x 1.9cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Bernard Schiro
Description: Rimless pince-nez (.a) with a gold bridge and asymmetrical (almost circular), clear lenses. The bridge has plastic nose pads that may be tortoise shell. Hard-sided eyeglass case (.b) covered in black lizard skin with a spring closure. The case is edged with 14-karat gold trim decorated with a geometric pattern and two floral designs at either corner. The case is lined with black velvet.
Inscription: The exterior of the metal edging on the lid of the case is engraved, "B.F.A." The interior of the edging is engraved, "1040 PROSPECT AVE. HARTFORD CONN."
Object Number: 1986.213.6a,b
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