Opera Glasses

Each eyecup is marked “COLMONT FABT * PARIS.” The objective lenses are 30 mm diameter. The frame is black metal. The barrels are covered with black leather. A center wheel adjusts the focus. The carrying case is black leather.
Colmont was in business in Paris by the 1880s and still there in the 1950s. Americans could buy Colmont instruments from Sears, Roebuck & Co. and other major firms.
Currently not on view
Object Name
opera glasses
closed: 2 13/16 in x 4 3/16 in; 7.1374 cm x 10.6426 cm
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
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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