Civil War Era McAllister Spectacles

Civil War Era McAllister Spectacles

 

Civil War Era McAllister Spectacles

 

Civil War Era McAllister Spectacles

Stock Number: 3102-06

Civil War era McAllister spectacles
Made from coin silver
With sliding temples
John McAllister is credited as being the first American to make spectacles
He worked from 1805 into the 1830s
The case, which is dated 1861, is a later addition
Most likely by the son or grandson of the original owner
Under the name William Spratt is the word “Gravesend.”
I have not been able to find the meaning of this word
The case and spectacles are in excellent condition
32mm by 27mm lens size
Bridge is universal
4 3/8 inches wide
Temple length is 6 ½ inches

A day after we posted this item, we received the following email

Sir,  
FYI: Gravesend (Pronounced grave's end,
not grave send) is a neighborhood in the
south-central section of the New York City
borough of Brooklyn.
FN

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