Lemaire opera glasses with image of a bee

This is a heavy brass instrument with pearl on the barrels, center focus and eyecups. The barrels are flared. The objective lenses are 38 mm diameter. The length is 6.7 cm closed. The eyecups are marked “LEMAIRE FT * PARIS*.” An image of a bee, the company logo, appears on the center crosspiece as does the number “63.”
Jacques Lemaire began making opera glasses in 1847 and was soon a major manufacturer known for his use of mechanization, division of labor and interchangeable parts.
Currently not on view
Object Name
opera glasses
Object Type
opera glasses
date made
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
shell, mother-of-pearl (overall material)
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Clothing & Accessories
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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