Chevalier enameled opera glasses

Description
This is a brass instrument with pearl on the center focus and eyecups, and enamel scenery on the barrels and handle. The barrels are flared. The objective lenses are 25 mm in diameter. The length is 4 cm closed. The text on one eyetube reads “Mme du Dr / Chevalier” and the other “27 Rue de l’Opera / Paris.”
The scene on one barrel shows a well-dressed man of the late 18th century holding opera glasses of this sort, looking at the other barrel where a similarly attired woman sits reading on a bench.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
opera glasses
Object Type
opera glasses
ID Number
CS*368811
catalog number
368811
accession number
133594
subject
Clothing & Accessories
Optics
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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