"Jumelle Duchesse" Opera Glasses

Description
This is a brass instrument with pearl on the barrels, eyecups and center focus. The barrels are flared. The objective lenses are 30 mm in diameter. The length is 5 cm closed. The words “Jumelle Duchesse” appear in script the cross brace at the eye end.
The French word “Jumelle” meaning twin was widely adopted for binocular opera and field glasses in the early nineteenth century. The term “Jumelle Duchesse” was used for small but powerful opera glasses with 12 lenses, in which each eye piece and each objective was a triple achromat. Many opera glasses of this sort were made in Paris. Some were available in the United States by 1859.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
opera glasses
Object Type
opera glasses
date made
1900-1930
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
shell (overall material)
ID Number
CS*237652.001
catalog number
237652.001
accession number
237652
subject
Clothing & Accessories
Optics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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