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Leather and Brass Antique Opera Glasses

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Lovely antique opera glasses or small extending binoculars likely originated from the early 1900s, covered in brown leather with main body in brass.

One of the leather body has came off due to old age, and there are signs of wear on the remaining leather body There are evident signs of age and dents all around. Please study the photos for a clearer description.

As spectacles were seen as an indication of infirmity or old age, no high-society lady wanted to be seen in them. The upper class viewed these binoculars more like fine jewelry, and only put near the face when one wanted to observe an element of an opera or play more closely. They are also sometimes known as tiny telescopes, called lorgnettes (derived from the word "to leer or stare") in French.

Measures 11.5 x 9cm


5 out of 5 stars
Reviewed by Sherie Alexander
5 out of 5 stars
Mar 11, 2018
Blanzy-France HENRY'S SUPERIEURE No. 605

Reviewed by Zeynep
5 out of 5 stars
Mar 6, 2018
Xiang Yi from The Calligraphy Market was so awesome to communicate with about my order. Xiang Yi also sent me a few more nibs as a bonus to try out. The nibs I ordered are not that easy to come by, but they are amazing instruments to add to my collection. The nibs arrived in perfect condition; because the order comes from Singapore, it took a couple of weeks to get to me in the US, but Xiang Yi was in touch with me whenever I had questions. I didn’t mind the wait at all. I am extremely pleased with my order and will definitely be ordering again soon.
Modern Calligraphy Nibs Series 1

Reviewed by Karen
5 out of 5 stars
Feb 12, 2018
I haven't used these nibs yet but they look to be exactly what I wanted. They look so professional and authentic. I also received three extra nibs in my order which wasn't expected but I'm certainly not complaining.
I definitely plan to purchase from this store again.
Modern Calligraphy Nibs Series 1

Reviewed by Gabriela Mata
5 out of 5 stars
Feb 5, 2018
Loved them! Fast shipping as well!
Classic Copperplate Nibs Series 2


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Leather and Brass Antique Opera Glasses

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