This stereopticon is deeply impressed with the mark HC WHITE CO. Makers STEREOSCOPES and STEREOGRAPHS NORTH BENNINGTON VT. U.S.A. It is made of solid wood, in a medium finish, folding handle with brass swivel fitting, two glass lenses in aluminum frames and an aluminum decoratively embossed shield that is riveted on. The viewer window frames each have the following patent date: PAT'D JULY 28, '03. We see mo indication that there was ever a cardholder attached to or used with the viewer. It is in very good condition, with no broken or repaired parts. It odes work, and is also decorative and interesting looking, a true glimpse into the long ago past when there was no internet, television or even radio.
Of interest to those who collect stereoptic cards, viewers or New England Americana is this H.C. White Stereopticon. Available information regarding the H. C. White Company is truly scarce, yet the company was one of the penultimate studios of circa 1870s to Turn of the Century for stereopticons and the photographic view cards.. Hawley C. White, self-promoted as an inventor, a publisher, and a photographer, in 1870 began his stereoptican business in New York City where he ground spectacle lenses. By 1874 he moved to North Bennington, VT. and set up a small factory for producing stereoscopes.Due to the previous experience in optical glass preparation, his instruments quickly gained a reputation as being recognized as the best on the market. The H.C. White Stereopticon Company was the leading manufacturer of stereo viewers in the world. This particular viewer is Circa 1903, approximately 115 years ago.
Very clean, and from a non-smoking environment. The stereopticon is ready for your proud display and enjoyment. Please contact us if other photos will assist you. *****Please understand that this item may not be available to purchasers from some countries for which USPS does not provide signature confirmation, tracking, and/or full insurance coverage, or disallows import. It may not be available for international purchase. From a non-smoking environment.
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