Opera Glasses

Opera Glasses

<< >>
Usage conditions apply
This is a gold-plated brass instrument with a tortoise-shell handle. The barrels are covered with black lacquer. The eyecups are flat and marked “WALDSTEIN ET SOHN MÜNCHEN.” The objective lenses are 23 mm diameter. The three crossbars are fixed. Focus is by rotating the left barrel. The pouch is blue velvet.
Currently not on view
Object Name
opera glasses
date made
mid 19th century
Waldstein et Sohn
place made
Germany: Bavaria, Munich
overall: 4 in; 10.16 cm
overall in pouch: 7 in x 3 3/8 in x 2 1/4 in; 17.78 cm x 8.5725 cm x 5.715 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Jane and Mary Henle
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