Chevallier Field Glasses

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Description
This instrument is made of metal, japanned black. The objective lenses are achromatic and about 65 mm aperture. There is a center focus. The inscriptions—“L’Ing Chevallier / OPTICIEN” on one eye tube and “Place du Pont Neuf / PARIS” on the other—refer to J. G. A. Chevallier (1778-1848), an important optician in Paris whose shop was continued, by his son-in-law, well into the 1870s.
The “B. McC.” inscription on the crosspiece at the eye end refers to George B. McClellan (1826-1885), a U.S. Military Academy graduate who served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. McClellan may have acquired these glasses in the 1850s when he was sent to the Crimea as an official observer of European armies. And he may have used them when serving as a General in the Union Army during the Civil War.
Location
Currently not on view
associated person; user
McClellan, George B.
maker
Chevallier, Jean-Gabrielle-Augustin
place made
France: Île-de-France, París
Measurements
overall: 5 1/4 in x 5 in x 2 1/2 in; 13.335 cm x 12.7 cm x 6.35 cm
ID Number
AF.17460
accession number
61384
catalog number
17460
Credit Line
Hon. George B. McClellan
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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