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Opera Glasses, by C. W. Dixey, London, 19th Century

Inventory Number: 23525
Object Type:
Persons: C.W. Dixey
Date Created: 19th Century
Place Created: London England United Kingdom Europe
Brief Description: Opera glasses originally consisted of two parts: telescope and lens cap but lens cap has gone missing. With a tube lined on the exterior with mother of pearl. Also with mother of pearl around eye piece. Main construction appears to be copper coated with a semi-lacquered copper alloy. With copper holder within interior. With some corrosion around eye piece but otherwise in excellent condition.
A conventional multi-draw portable telescope but smaller and more compact in construction. With two positive lenses and an erecting lens system in the eye piece. This kind of instrument was used by navigators, army officers, naturalists, and surveyors.
Primary Inscriptions: "C. W. DIXEY, OPTICIAN to the QUEEN, New Bond Street" written around eyepiece of glasses.
Provenance: Presented by Mrs. H. G. Dixey.
Collection Group:
Material(s): Glass
mother of pearl
copper
copper alloy
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
135 65 mm

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