Opera Glasses

The objective lenses are 26 mm diameter. The frame is aluminum. The eyecups and central focusing knob are made of mother of pearl. The “ED. MESSTER BERLIN” signature on the eyecups refers to an optical and mechanical instrument shop that opened in Berlin around 1859. The barrels and lorgnette handle are covered with a light blue plastic material. The word “Busch” scratched onto the front crosspiece may refer to a previous owner. A pink velvet drawstring pouch carries a label reading “MADE IN FRANCE.”
Currently not on view
Object Name
opera glasses
date made
late 19th century
Messter, Ed
overall: 2 in; 5.08 cm
place made
Deutschland: Berlin, Berlin
ID Number
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Jane and Mary Henle

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