- Each eyecup of this small instrument is marked “LEMAIRE FABT * PARIS*.” The objective lenses are 30 mm diameter and the optics are good. The frame is a gilt metal. The barrels, eyecups and center focusing wheel are covered with mother of pearl. The number “61” appears on the central brace as does the Lemaire logo, an image of a bee. The carrying case is black leather with a reddish-brown silk lining.
- Jacques Lemaire began making opera glasses in 1847 and was soon a major manufacturer noted for using mechanization, division of labor, and interchangeable parts. M.J.B. Baille joined the firm in 1871, and took charge in 1885.
- Ref: Nicholas Gilman, A Dividend to Labor: A Study of Employers’ Welfare Institutions (Boston and New York, 1899), pp. 297–304.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- Opera Glasses
- date made
- place made
- France: Île-de-France, Paris
- closed: 1 1/2 in x 3 15/16 in x 2 1/4 in; 3.81 cm x 10.0076 cm x 5.715 cm
- overall in case: 2 13/16 in x 4 1/4 in x 2 in; 7.14375 cm x 10.795 cm x 5.08 cm
- ID Number
- catalog number
- accession number
- Credit Line
- Jane and Mary Henle
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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