the dating factory - Dating lemaire opera glasses

During WW11 the Germans started coding all their binoculars to hide their place of manufacture. Bought in binoculars were stamped by the British Military, so you may have a pair of French Binoculars marked like this - for example Name. A lot of Opera Glasses were produced in the 1800s and early 1900s, but I don't think anyone made such beautiful glasses as the French.

Anyway, during WW11 France was 'occupied' and so Binoculars made in France for Germany were given a code which was stamped on the binocular. Depending on the level of decoration and condition, some of these Opera Glasses can be quite ex[pensive.

The earliest opera glasses, which appeared in London as early as 1730, took the form of a long collapsible telescope, often covered in enamel, gemstones, ivory, or hand- painted with popular artistic images of the time.

By the mid-19th century, opera glasses had become must-have fashion accessories for wealthy theater-goers.

They would ultimately be intricately decorated, encrusted with fine jewels, and attached to long handles before evolving into the modern opera glasses so appreciated today.

The picture shows a pair of Zeiss WW11 6x50 binoculars.

For anyone interested I have written several books on Collecting Old Binoculars (Self Published)Collecting Old Binoculars Collecting Old Ross Binoculars Collecting Old German Binoculars Collecting Old French Binoculars & Opera Glasses Collecting Old North American Binoculars You can find them on my publishers site - go direct to - During WW1 and WW11 all British binoculars that were used by the Armed Forces were stamped with the Ministry Broad Arrow.

Look out for decorations in :-Tortoiseshell, Gold, Silver, Mother of Pearl, Bone, Ivory, Enamel etc.

Everything about the opera conveys refined elegance and glamour, from the grand stage productions with rich, opulent sets and fairy-tale gowns to the rows of well-turned- out ladies and gentlemen peering through opera glasses.

WW1'bought in' binoculars were stamped as follows:-S.1 High Grade Prismatic Binoculars S.2 Second Grade Prismatic Binoculars S.3 High Grade Galilean Binoculars S.4 Second Grade Galilean Binoculars S.5 Third Grade Binoculars Of Either Type S.6 Unusual Design Binoculars And of course they had the Ministry Broad Arrow.

Also we have the Brirish Army Markings for Prismatic Binoculars.

Many of them would have also produced Cameras, Microscopes etc. This means that the instrument was tested at - The Kew Observatory. The ones I love of course are about loaning your Binoculars to the government.

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