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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 flaws other than a little sign of their advanced age, which includes a very very tiny 1mm indentation on one of the faux coral barrels, nearly impossible to locate but can be seen in one of our images. Lenses are clear, one tiny droplet on interior of one large lens, we didn't open to clean that but buyer can if wished. It doesn't impeded a clear view at all. A fabulous set. Measurements noted on our photos.
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Superb 19th C. French Opera Glasses, Binoculars, in RARE Faux Red Coral
$495 USD SOLD
Antique French sterling silver, Georgian jewelry, sewing, Black Forest, etc 17th to 19th c. European
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