Strope opera glasses

Description
This is a metal instrument (probably brass) covered with orange celluloid speckled with small metal stars. The cross-hatching on the surface, visible through the celluloid, was probably produced by a method known as engine turning. The objective lenses are 35 mm in diameter. The length is 6.3 cm closed. The barrels are flared. One eye tube is marked “L’Ingenieur / Strope / Optician” and the other “Bréveté / 24 Palais Royal / Paris.”
G. Strope was active in the 1870s, enjoyed a high-end location in Paris, and advertised his wares in books written for foreign tourists.
This example came to the Smithsonian in 1922, in the large bequest of Cassie Mason Myers Julian James.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1870-1890
used by
Mason, Catalina Juliana Myers
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
inlaid metal star (barrel style)
ID Number
CS.033467
catalog number
033467
accession number
70138
Credit Line
Bequest of the Estate of Cassie Mason Myers Julian-James
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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