Heading into Opera and Ballet Season, what could be more fun than to accent your favorite antique red coral jewelry you plan to wear, and pull out this spectacular et of opera glasses to match. I’ve never seen another set like them in all my years. The color and texture is an exact mimic of fine old red coral. I’m unable to test to see if that’s what they really are, and will assume they are of faux, the early French ivorine that has been dyed. But the rarity of the set stands out, even in my own collection. We also have wonderful kiln-fired enamel sets ready for the autumn opera season, sold separately, if you want to go in style. Just ask us to point you to them.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type. These would date c.1890-1920, I’d say. The optics are clear and the adjustment mechanism that expands the distance and clarifies focus moves smoothly. Brass casement is bright and richly polished. I find very slight roughness of use at eyepieces, mostly to be felt with fingertip rather than seen. There are no chips nor cracks to be disclosed. A fabulous set. Measurements noted on our photos.
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