REMARKABLE COMPACT ALL-TRIPLE-LENS BINOCULARS
Stock Number: 9030
For sale, antique French 19th century binoculars, with 12 triplets lenses to minimize aberrations and permit short-focal-length. Superb condition with original case.
3-7/8" (10 cm) overall and 1-1/8" (3 cm) thick (closed)
Country of manufacture
REMARKABLE COMPACT ALL-TRIPLE-LENS BINOCULARS, French, c. 1875, engraved “Douze Verres” (for “Twelve Lenses”) and signed in the case “Gregoire Opticien, Quai St. Antoine, 14.” Measuring 3-7/8″ (10 cm) overall and 1-1/8″ (3 cm) thick (closed), they are constructed of gilt brass, with a central knurled focusing knob. Each objective lens, and each eyepiece, is itself a triplet, a sophisticated design to minimize aberrations and permit a compact, short-focal-length instrument. The apparent maker was Gregoire of Lyon, working throughout the third quarter 19th century. The firm had been founded in 1790, owned by Pierre Biette in the 1830’s, and by H. Peter in the late 19th century. A fine device, in superb condition, with the original carrying case.
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David and Yola Coffeen both have enjoyed academic careers, as planetary astronomer and as linguist/educator. But since 1982 (yes, 1982!) they have been full-time dealers in early scientific and medical instruments, under the name Tesseract. Selling primarily by catalogue (over 100 issued so far) they also have a web presence at www.etesseract.com, and can be contacted at [email protected].