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    Grover Cleveland Reading Glasses The Franklin & Co. of Washington, D.C. was a famed provider of eyeglasses to Presidents during the second half of the nineteenth century. Raleigh DeGeer Amyx visited their store one day to research an exhibit on Presidential prescription glasses which he was preparing. Once there he was directed to a drawer marked, "The President's Drawer." Inside was this vintage pair of pince-nez glasses which were marked that they had once belonged to President Grover Cleveland. Complete with Franklin & Co. embossed case, Amyx had the glasses tested for strength and a company prescription sheet indicates that they are +3.0 on both lenses. Included with the glasses is a typed letter signed by Raleigh DeGeer Amyx, detailing the history as well as his acquisition of the Cleveland glasses.

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    June, 2005
    22nd-23rd Wednesday-Thursday
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