Victorian French Sterling & Tortoise Shell Opera Binoculars
A fabulous pair of theater opera binoculars from the Victorian era (ca1880). These beautiful and collectable binoculars are made of a sterling silver and inlaid with real tortoise shell. They feature two round fields of view and in the center is a central focus, which easily adjusts the magnification. A removable handle attaches at the side, allowing you to switch the binoculars to compliment either a left or right handed user. The handle also has a surface of inlaid tortoise shell. The back of each eyepiece has a hand engraved phrase on either side which represents the name of location of the original Opticien and maker in Paris, France: "Cam Lafontaine Opticien" and "24, Rue de la Paix Paris". It's a fabulous and special piece and would make a wonderful addition to any collection!
Measurements: The binoculars measure 3 3/4" at its widest point, 2 3/4" long and 1 1/4" deep. Each field of view has a diameter of 1 1/4". The central focus has a diameter of slightly less than 1". The handle measures 5 1/4" long, 3/4" at its widest point and 3/4" deep.
Condition: The overall condition of the binoculars is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no serious damage to the tortoise shell or to the glasses which are in good working condition. The removable handle is in good working condition.