Lemaire opera glasses with image of a bee

Description
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.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
opera glasses
Object Type
opera glasses
date made
1895-1905
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
plastic (overall material)
shell, mother-of-pearl (overall material)
ID Number
CS*257266.011
catalog number
257266.011
accession number
257266
subject
Clothing & Accessories
Optics
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Optics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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