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Collapsible Opera Glass

Signature LeMaire Fabt   Paris

Date Late 1800s
Dimensions English Metric
Shaft Diameter 0.6in 14mm
Total Length 3.8in 96mm
Closed Length 3.2in 80mm
Inter-Pupilary Distance 2.4in 62mm
Objective Clear Aperture Diameter 1.3in 32mm


This pair of binoculars, or opera glasses, have folding clamshell-like covers for the objective lenses.  The covers are trimmed in brown leather.  The objectives are positioned by turning a lever that rotates the lenses from a horizontal to vertical position.  This permits the glasses to be folded to a very compact size.  The objective lenses are achromatic doublets, contained in brass cells.  They have plated brass tubes, single lens eyepieces, and flared eyecups, painted black.  Focusing is done with a central cylindrical thumbwheel.  All the metal parts appear to be plated or painted brass.  They are signed "LEMAIRE FABT   PARIS" on the face of the eyecups.



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