Opera Glasses

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Description
Each eyecup of this instrument is marked “LEMAIRE FABT * PARIS *.” The objective lenses are 35 mm diameter. The frame and barrels are textured aluminum. A center wheel adjusts the focus. The carrying case is black leather with a blue silk lining.
Jacques Lemaire began making opera glasses in 1847 and was soon a major manufacturer noted for using mechanization, division of labor and interchangeable parts. M.J.B. Baille joined the firm in 1871 and took charge in 1885.
Ref: Nicholas Gilman, A Dividend to Labor: A Study of Employers’ Welfare Institutions (Boston and New York, 1899), pp. 297–304.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1850-1900
maker
Lemaire
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
Measurements
closed: 1 15/16 in x 4 3/8 in x 2 3/4 in; 4.9276 cm x 11.1252 cm x 6.985 cm
overall in case: 3 5/16 in x 4 7/8 in x 2 3/8 in; 8.41375 cm x 12.3825 cm x 6.0325 cm
ID Number
PH.336807
catalog number
336807
accession number
1978.2216
Credit Line
Jane and Mary Henle
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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