Chevallier Field Glasses

Chevallier Field Glasses

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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.
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Object Name
field glasses
Object Type
Other Terms
binoculars; Equipment, Individual; Army
associated person; user
McClellan, George B.
Chevallier, Jean-Gabrielle-Augustin
place made
France: Île-de-France, París
Physical Description
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
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
accession number
catalog number
Credit Line
Hon. George B. McClellan
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Political and Military History: Armed Forces History, Military
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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