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LeMaire Twin Telescopes

Signature LeMaire, Paris

Date Late 1800s
Dimensions English Metric
Closed Length 13.5in 344mm
Extended Length 16.4in 416mm
Main Tube Length 9.3in 237mm
Objective Clear Aperture Diameter 1.2in 31mm


This long pair of binoculars has two-part brass barrels. The short forward sections are parallel and the rear sections are tapered. The tapered barrel sections and the extendable brass shades are covered in brown leather. The objectives are achromatic doublets, contained in brass cells. It has long brass eyepiece tubes, four lens eyepieces, and flared eyecups. The brass frame is not hinged, unusual on this type of binocular. Focusing is done with a central thumb wheel, made of gutta percha. All the exposed metal parts of the binoculars are painted. The materials and workmanship are of the highest quality. The maker, “Lemaire F.T. Paris” is engraved on the face of one eyecup, and the seller, “S. G. Marshutz Los Angeles,” on the other. Siegfried G. Marshutz was a pioneer optician and optometrist who established his Marshutz Optical Co. in 1887.


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