Antique Opera Glasses. Black with gold spangles

Antique Opera Glasses. Black with gold spangles

£180

Antique Black lacquer Opera Glasses with gold spangles and tortoiseshell handle.

Dimensions

Box measures 12.5 x 3.5 x 5.5cm

Circa

1820 - 1850

Country of manufacture

France

Category: Opera Glasses

Description

Antique, probably late Georgian or Early Victorian Black lacquered Opera Glasses with gold spangles and tortoiseshell handle and gilt brass fittings.

Some tarnishing to the gilding, and a little balsam seperation on the edges of the lenses due to age.

Snug-fitting red leather-covered case.

Eyepieces are signed Derepas 24 Palais Royal

The star spangles and the vacant cartouche on the handle are almost certainly gold.

The handle is tortoiseshell, and is partially translucent when held to a bright light.

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FR Toby Whitfeld

Toby Whitfeld

I first started selling vintage cameras in Camden Town, London in 1981, then moved to Portobello Rd in 1985, where I started adding scientific instruments to my stock. I also exhibited at the Scientific Instrument Fair in London in the 1990's, but left the UK to live in Southern France in the year 2000. I started trading again in 2009, and since then I have been sourcing items in France and UK for clients here in Perpignan and back in UK.