Tortoiseshell flip-top spectacle case

Catalogue Number: 3319
Tortoiseshell flip-top spectacle case
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacle case
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c1800
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: England
Description Of Item: Flip-top spectacle case, 125 x 40 mm, made of timber covered by a veneer of tortoiseshell and lined internally with violet velvet. The top of the case and the bottom edge of the lid are lined with silver. There is a small vacant silver plaque on the top of the case. A metal press button operates a metal catch to open the hinged lid.
How Acquired: On loan from Michael Aitken, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: May 2017
Condition: Very good except for the worn and partially lost velvet lining and small loss 2 x 15 mm) of the tortoiseshell veneer at the bottom of the case

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