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Field glasses in case

Object Number: 
Z.3042ab
Date: 
ca. 1917
Medium: 
Leather, metal, glass
Dimensions: 
Overall (glasses): 5 1/4 x 4 5/8 x 2 1/4 in. (13.3 x 11.7 x 5.7 cm) Case (without strap): 6 1/4 x 5 3/4 x 3 in. (15.9 x
Marks: 
incised: on metal plate attached to front of case: "Donated to U.S.N. by / Mrs. R. Elsberg / 135 Central Park West / New York N.Y. / No 977"
Description: 
Binocular field glasses with black leather-covered metal casing, in leather case with shoulder strap; incised inscription on oval metal plate attached to front of case.
Gallery Label: 
These binoculars were received with documents from the donor that illuminate their interesting history. A letter dated December 29, 1917, and signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, then Assistant Secretary of the Navy, thanks Mrs. Elsberg for responding to the Navy's call for binoculars, telescopes and spy-glasses, and a certificate acknowledges her donation. A third document indicates that the binoculars were used on the S.S. Yosemite, which sailed between New York and Bordeaux, France.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mrs. R. Elsberg
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group