Opera Glasses

The objective lenses are 29 mm diameter. The frame is gilt metal. The eyecups are mother of pearl as is the center wheel that adjusts the focus. The enamel coverings of the barrels depict well-dressed folk lounging in fanciful landscapes.
The case is dark leather lined with magenta silk. The inside of the top is marked “HOWARD & CO. / NEW YORK & PARIS.”
Currently not on view
Object Name
opera glasses
date made
mid 19th century
overall: 2 1/2 in; 6.35 cm
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
Jane and Mary Henle
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