Opera Glasses

Opera Glasses

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
This is a brass instrument with tortoise-shell covering the barrels. The objective lenses are about 4 cm diameter. The inside of the case is marked “BENJ. PIKE JR. / 294 Broadway / New York.”
Benjamin Pike, Jr., the leading purveyor of scientific instruments in New York in the middle years of the 19th century, sold some things made in the United States, and some imported from Europe. This probably came from France.
Ref: Benjamin Pike, Jr., Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue of Optical, Mathematical, and Philosophical Instruments (New York, 1856), vol. 2, pp. 174-175.
Currently not on view
Object Name
opera glasses
date made
ca 1850
Pike, Jr., Benjamin
place made
overall: 4 in x 1 1/2 in; 10.16 cm x 3.81 cm
overall; glasses: 2 3/16 in x 4 3/4 in x 4 3/4 in; 5.55625 cm x 12.065 cm x 12.065 cm
overall; case: 2 3/4 in x 5 1/8 in x 4 1/4 in; 6.985 cm x 13.0175 cm x 10.795 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Mrs. David Gregg
See more items in
Medicine and Science: Physical Sciences
Science & Mathematics
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.


Add a comment about this object