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
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Physical Description
glass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
shell, mother-of-pearl (overall material)
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Marion Ross
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National Museum of American History