Opera Glasses

Description
This is a brass instrument with ivory focusing screw, handle, and covering over the cylindrical barrels. The objective lenses are 24 mm diameter. “LUNETTE PAR INVENTION ET PERFECTIONEMENT*” appears around each eyepiece. The case is made of black cellulose nitrate.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
opera glasses
date made
mid 19th century
Measurements
overall: 43 cm; 16 15/16 in
place made
France
ID Number
PH*336789
catalog number
336789
accession number
1978.2216
subject
Science & Mathematics
Optics
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Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Optics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Jane and Mary Henle

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