Bertier opera glasses marked M. P. Jenks's/Meadville, PA.

This is a brass instrument with pearl on the barrels, eyecups, and center focus. The objective lenses are 30 mm in diameter. The length is 6 cm closed. One eyecup is marked “M. P. JENKS / MEADVILLE PA.” The other is marked “M. BERTIER FABT / PARIS.”
According to a notice in The Jewelers’ Circular for 1893, M. P. Jenks’ store was sold at auction. Bertier has not yet been identified.
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Object Name
opera glasses
Object Type
opera glasses
date made
M. Bertier
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
shell, mother-of-pearl (overall material)
glass (overall material)
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Clothing & Accessories
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Home and Community Life: Costume
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Gertrude Parker

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