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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 28, 2008
  • Channel: Auction House

EXQUISITE circa 1870 LEMAIRE PARIS OPERA GLASSES with AUTHENTIC "BEE" MARK and #63 , FINEST HAND PAINTED ENAMEL ON BRASS " COURTING SCENE AND BUILDINGS ", MOTHER-OF-PEARL EYE PIECES and ADJUSTING SCREW, SIGNED " GEO C. SHREVE & CO. SAN FRANCISCO ", in ORIGINAL CONDITION with RARE ORIGINAL PATINA! One of the Finest Pair of the Most Coveted Mid-Nineteenth Century Manufacturer's Opera Glasses that I have ever come across!! LeMaire has been a name known around the world since 1650, when Jacques LeMaire and his son Pierre became famous in Paris as makers of optical instruments. Their work with Magic Lanterns, a lighted box that could be used to view pictures, in the 1700's helped pave the way for early cinematography. In 1839, a version of the Magic Lantern called the Polyorama Panoptique , was produced by LeMaire. Around this same time, opera glasses were invented in Vienna and LeMaire quickly began to make the finest opera glasses in Paris, and in the world. At the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, the jurors praised the LeMaire opera glasses with their " Trade mark of a Bee with outstretched wings ".

This Pair of LeMaire Opera Glasses carries the LeMaire trademark " Bee " etched on the underside of the center bar, as well as the number " 63 " (you always need to use a magnifying glass to see the manufacturers mark on
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