This is a pair of French Enameled & Jeweled Beads Opera Glasses. They date from the 1850's - 1870's during the time of the Bonaparte Dynasty when Napoleon III was King of France in the Second Empire. (Victorian Era 1852 - 1870 ) These Opera Glasses are French made, and have the fabulous Sevres Enamel. They do have a Opera Glasses " Case " to protect the glasses. In the Sevres region of France, there was an art form in the making of extraordinarily delicate hand applied kiln fired enamels on copper, brass and other metals. Hand decorated on the enameled Barrels with Bouquets of Flowers ( Roses ) with a enameling in Cobalt Blue, a deep dark blue in the background. It has a sprinkling of Silver Foil Stars throughout the background. It is adorned by (4 ) four oval Medallion Cartouches accented by clusters of brightly hand painted enameled ( Pink Roses ) flowers are surrounded by raised blue glassine enamel jewels. This pair exhibit such fine craftsmanship typical of enamellists residing in Sevres. It has (4) oval enameled Pink Roses that is surrounded by baby blue (Celeste ) Translucent Jeweled Beads on all 4 sides. It has garland loops around the top part and has garland loops around the bottom part that are enameled in White with Pink Flowers. The Mother of Pearl eye covers are marked " Bigelow Kennard & Co. Boston " on both eye pieces. The Company " Bigelow Kennard & Co Boston Mass." began in 1830 when John Bigelow opened a Jewelry Store near the head of State Street in Boston. Soon afterwards he was joined by his brother, Alanson Bigelow, and the firm name changed to John Bigelow & Company. Later Abraham O. Bigelow, brother, and William H. Kennard and F. P. Bemis was changed to Bigelow, Kennard & Company. They moved to Boylston Street in 1869, which at that time was considered the southerly limit of the business district and friends predicted disaster. After many changes to the firm, the Business was incorporated in 1912, established their showroom along Washington Street and went out of business in January 1922. Makers of fine quality makers & Retailers of Coin Silver, Sterling Flatware - Holloware. They were successors to Bigelow & Bros. The body of the Glasses is a silver colored metal that I believe is Nickel Silver. It has a Mother of Pearl adjusting focus wheel in the middle of the glasses. On the other larger side of the lenses is covered with metal and has some very tiny little bumps around both of these lenses. They measure 3 3/4" on one side and measure 3 3/8" and are 2 1/2" tall closed all the way and measure 3 1/4" when fully opened with the focus wheel. These glasses are of a small size, tiny and petite, made for Royalty. These fine Opera Glasses were made for a Lady and are rather delicate and light weight . Probably because of the light weight these Opera Glasses were easier to hold while at the Opera / Ballet performances, which could continue for some time. There is small amount of enameling loss inside the glasses that are closes to focus wheel on both sides. (which is very hard to photograph properly) The enameling is in very good condition with no missing jewels. There is an opera Glasses Case to help protect the Glasses from damage. The Process is the part of the reason why these old kiln - fired objects have a following and bring the prices they continue to bring.
Antique Sterling Silver, Jewelry, Napkin Rings, Victorian Objects