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Object ID # 1956.024.009
Object Name Case, Eyeglass
Title George S. Miller's 1870s Spectacles Case
Lexicon category 3: Personal Artifacts
Date 19th-century (1873+)
Year Range from 1873
Made C. PARKER
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Tin case for spectacles, 19th-c. The long oval-shaped metal case is designed with one open end. In the front is an impress-stamped mark: "PAT'D OCT. 15. 1872 / " MAR. 31. 1874 / CANADA OCT. 18. 1873 / C. PARKER". On the back someone has etched in "Museum" in handwriting.
Makers mark impress-stamped "PAT'D OCT. 15. 1872/ " MAR. 31. 1874/ CANADA OCT. 18. 1873/ C. PARKER"
Provenance Previously owned by Miss Mary Miller, was a grand-daughter of Mr. George S. Miller of Owen Sound, Canada West. Mr. and Mrs. Miller resided on the east side of Owen Sound, and their house is described in Ruth Cathcart's book HOW FIRM A FOUNDATION. Mr. Miller served as Owen Sound's Harbourmaster in the 19th-century.
The case has patent dates on it, with the last one being October, 1873. Therefore, Mr. Miller likely acquired this spectacles case in the 1870s.
His wife, Eliza Stephens Miller (born in New York City) died on Feb. 5, 1890. She belonged to the Disciples Church.
Collection Optical Collection
Material Metal
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Miller, George S.