Field Glasses

This is a brass instrument with dark leather covering the two barrels. The objective lenses are 5 cm diameter. Both eye cups are marked “MARCHAND * PARIS.” The left eye tube is marked “DAY & NIGHT” and the right one is marked “U.S. SIGNAL / SERVICE.” The words "MADE IN FRANCE" are stamped on the back side of the cross piece at the eye end. The carrying case is hard leather.
Marchand field glasses were sold by several American firms during the first quarter of the 20th century. This example may have been used by U.S. forces in Europe in World War I.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1900-1925
closed: 6 cm x 13 cm x 15 cm; 2 3/8 in x 5 1/8 in x 5 29/32 in
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
World War I
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
J. Gordon Smith

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