Spectacles with a scroll bridge, small thin wire tear finial, and blued steel frames, which is in an elongated cigar-shaped case made of tinned sheet iron (surface is slightly rusted through). The case is stamped "PAT'D OCT 15, 1872/ MAR 31, 1874, CANADA OCT. 18, 1878/ C. Parker." The spectacles were purchased by the donor from William W. Howland through his guardian, Rev. C.S. Wilder of Longmeadow in 1926, a year after they had also bought the sampler, portraits of Southworth and Polly Ware Howland (see HD 78.042-78.043), and other Howland family possessions found in an attic in Conway, Massachusetts. The son of Job and Hannah Jenking Howland of Barnstable, Massachusetts, Southworth Howland (1775-1853) married his first wife, Esther Allen (1780-1814), the daughter of Nathan and Persis Allen of West Brookfield, in 1799, and they had seven children. Southworth married his second wife Polly Ware (1785-1870), the daughter of Dr. Samuel and Bertha Avery Ware of Conway, Massachusetts, in 1816, and they had five children.