Antique French guilloche enamel on brass opera glasses with lorgnette telescopic handle with optics made by La Reine Paris. The quality of these opera glasses is excellent from the workmanship of the brass body to the fine details of the matching guilloche enamel covers on the glasses and the handle. The eye pieces are mother-of-pearl and are engraved "La Reine, Paris". The enamel design includes silver stars in the cobalt background with hand painted floral within a scalloped border at the top and bottom of each piece that is bordered with turquoise "jewels". There are two small medallions on each lens piece with coordinating floral design and a larger matching design on the handle each bordered with "jewels". Between the lens on the top is a fancy monogram "S A".
Dimensions: Glasses are 3 7/8" wide, 1 3/4" high (closed) and 2 1/4" high (fully opened). Handle measures 4 1/4" long from ball hinge to end of handle (closed) and 6 1/4" (fully expanded).
Condition: These gorgeous opera glasses are in excellent Estate condition reflecting only minimal signs of wear. There is some age tarnish on the brass parts and although lens are free of scratches they could use a cleaning. The enameling is exceptional and I could only find one tiny flaw in the cobalt background that is barely noticed. I didn't see any jewels missing but upon very close inspection you may find a tiny flaw that we missed - certainly nothing that is obvious or that would detract in any way from the beauty of these glasses.
The first opera glasses were developed in 1823 in Vienna Austria. The use of mother-of-pearl was popular decoration on most French opera glasses which were the rage during the Grand Tour era in France near the end of the 19th Century.
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