Antique Jumelle Duchesse Mother of Pearl Opera Glasses
Artisan Opticals from the 1800's in Brass and Pearl
The first opticals were mainly single scope pieces made by artisan glass makers and metal smiths. In the mid 1800's makers like Chevalier and LaMaire began creating the double lens design we are more familiar with today. Depending on the intended use they were often created from brass and silver. Military and lens made for hunting were often cased in leather and enamel while binoculars made for birding and the theatre were more ornamental and showcased the best work of artisans.
This pair of French Jamelle Duchesses Opera Glasses has brass metal casing with decorative beading around the rims and edges. Beautiful Golden Hue Mother of Pearl Panels grace the sides of the binoculars and the rims of the eye pieces. There is one pearl panel missing on the inside of the right side.
There are signs of time and use on the antique binoculars. The brass has some tarnish and scratching. The lens are dusty from the inside and could use a cleaning by a professional. They are around 150 years old and should be handled as such.
The antique opera glasses are 4 inches wide and 3 inches long with a barrel that is 1 3/4 " in diameter. What a lovely piece for a study or music room shelf!
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