Opera Glasses

The mother of pearl eyecups are marked “LEMAIRE FABT * PARIS *.” The objective lenses are about 26 mm diameter and the optics are good. The frame is a gilt metal. The barrels and central focus wheel are covered with mother of pearl. The number “61” appears on the central brace as does the Lemaire logo image of a bee. The carrying case is black leather with a red silk lining.
Jacques Lemaire began making opera glasses in 1847 and was soon a major manufacturer noted using mechanization, division of labor and interchangeable parts. M.J.B. Baille joined the firm in 1871 and took charge of it in 1885.
Ref: Nicholas Gilman, A Dividend to Labor: A Study of Employers’ Welfare Institutions (Boston and New York, 1899), pp. 297–304.
Currently not on view
Object Name
opera glasses
date made
closed: 1 1/2 in x 2 1/4 in; 3.81 cm x 5.715 cm
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
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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