Victorian Era Silver Sunglasses


These great glasses came from an estate of beautiful lady named Mary Votaw (bio below).  Mary lived a full and intriguing life that puts mine to shame.  Glasses are in good condition, they do show wear, but in good solid working order with no repairs needed.  The lens are glass and should not be used for full sun, these are original and not up to modern eye care codes.  The are a historic item and should been worn as an accessory and not on a daily basis.

  • Fine Silver (no maker's mark)
  • Lens are made of glass with a blue / purplish tint
  • Abrasions around the rim of each lens with no scratching or chips to the lens itself.  
  • 4.75" inches in length (tip to tip)
  • 4.75" inches in length (front of glasses to ear curve)
  • Lens are 1.5" inches in length x 1.25" inches wide
  • 1" inch nose bridge
  • c. 1845-1880's
  • 11.97 grams
  • No Appraisal


Ms. Mary Martha Votaw was daughter to Martha and Wallace Votaw; born in Marshall, Texas on October 23, 1916.  She and her siblings grew up in Dallas, Texas.  Mary was excited to start a career in the CIA to help the war effort and took her Civil Service entrance exam as soon as her parents allowed.  She headed to Washington, where she was one of the first five women to receive national security clearance and was sent abroad.  She lived in Italy, France, Spain and spent working time in Israel.  She spent her whole career working for the Pentagon before retiring in 1971.  She then moved to Austin, Texas to be near her sister and brother-in-law, Diana and Wendell Larson.  Her second career was volunteering for Seton Hospital and traveling the world.  Ms. Votaw never married or had children, but enjoyed her nieces and nephews in her later years.  On November 18, 2010, Ms. Votaw passed in Austin, Texas.

Victorian Era Silver Sunglasses

SKU: NA-37

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