A rare Charles Chevalier camera lucida with three additionnal lenses for different uses, circa 1830s’

A rare Charles Chevalier camera lucida with three additionnal lenses for different uses, circa 1830s’

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Circa

1830s'

Country of manufacture

France

Categories: Spectacles, Drawing Instruments, Magic Lanterns & Optical Toys

Description

An excellent cased example of a rare example of camera lucida with three additionnal square lenses of different power for different uses (different distances). The camera lucida is fully complete preserved in is in red morocco case lined in red velvet.

The instrument is signed : “Charles Chevalier Ingr Opticien Breveté / Palais Royal 163 Paris”. So at the first Charles Chevalier’s address. We can date the instrument from the 1830s’.

Despite one crack at one of the two colored glass and one little crack at one corner of one additionnal square glass. But the prisme is in pristine condition, all other glasses are perfect, the lacker is well preserved and the case is in good condition.

 

The camera lucida can be elongated from 22 to around 45 cm.

The case measures : 25×5,5×3 cm

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FR Le Zograscope

Established by Alexandre Piffault in 2014 and based in Paris, Le Zograscope specializes in antique and rare books in Science, Medicine and Technology, and rare antique instruments in the same fields. We have especially a strong interest in early and continental microscopy, early and special mathematical/drawing instruments, medical and surgical instrument, and rare technology.

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