Opera Glasses

This is a brass instrument with tortoise-shell covering the barrels. The objective lenses are abpit 4 cm diameter. The inside of the case is marked “BENJ. PIKE JR. / 294 Broadway / New York.”
Benjamin Pike, Jr., the leading purveyor of scientific instruments in New York in the middle years of the 19th century, sold some things made in the United States, and some imported from Europe. This one probably came from France.
Ref: Benjamin Pike, Jr., Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue of Optical, Mathematical, and Philosophical Instruments (New York, 1856), vol. 2, pp. 174-175.
Currently not on view
Object Name
opera glasses
date made
ca 1850
Pike, Jr., Benjamin
overall: 4 in x 1 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 3.81 cm
place made
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Science & Mathematics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Mrs. David Gregg
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