Opera Glasses

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This is a metal instrument with black barrels. The eyecaps, probably of tortoise shell, are marked “H. WALDSTEIN · NEW YORK.” The objective lenses are 38 mm diameter. A central wheel adjusts the focus. The soft pouch is blue velvet.
The signature refers to Henry Waldstein, a Jewish immigrant who began working as an optician in New York around 1840. Some of the instruments in his shop were made by his relatives in Munich and in Vienna.
Ref: "Waldstein," in Illustrated New York (New York, 1888), p. 198.
Currently not on view
date made
mid 19th century
closed: 2 in x 4 9/16 in x 3 15/16 in; 5.08 cm x 11.5824 cm x 10.0076 cm
overall; glasses: 2 in x 4 5/8 in x 5 1/8 in; 5.08 cm x 11.7475 cm x 13.0175 cm
overall; pouch: 5 1/2 in x 5 1/4 in x 1 1/4 in; 13.97 cm x 13.335 cm x 3.175 cm
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Jane and Mary Henle
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National Museum of American History