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May 31, 2018 02:00 PM - June 8, 2018 02:00 PMCalender

Oculist's Countertop Display for "The Artificial Human Eye,"

Auction: American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 3104T Location: Marlborough Date / Time: May 31, 2018 2:00PM


Oculist's Countertop Display for "The Artificial Human Eye," America, late 19th century, the satin-lined mahogany case with beveled glass lid housing twenty examples of glass eye types, tooled pebbled leather inscribed "Prof. A.H. Davis./Specialist in making and fitting/The Artificial Human Eye to the/Orbital Cavity/No. 127 East 15th Street New York.," case ht. 5, eyes each dia. approx. 1 in.

Note: Quite simply, "the box of glass eyeballs, appeals to my sense of the bizarre and macabre." - Jonathan Soroff
Estimate $300-500

the box appears to be in good condition, the eyes are all apparently without damage. The silk is slightly discolored in parts and thin in a couple parts, and the leather is dry and chipping along the lower edge.

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Jonathan Soroff