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Opera glasses

Object Number: 
INV.7740
Date: 
ca. 1900
Medium: 
Mother of pearl, brass, glass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 2 3/4 x 4 1/4 x 1 3/4 in. ( 7 x 10.8 x 4.4 cm )
Marks: 
enraved: on mother of pearl caps: "T. KIRKPATRICK/NEW YORK" engraved: on base of glasses: "IVC"
Description: 
Mother of pearl and brass opera glasses with twin barrels having alternating vertical stripes of mother of pearl and burgundy mother of pearl; brass frame with beaded edges;disc on central tube rotates to adjust focus of lenses; lenses have mother of pearl caps engraved with retailer's name, base engraved with owner's initials.
Gallery Label: 
These opera glasses were owned by Isabella Vaché Cox of New York City, whose intials are engraved on the base. They were made in France and retailed by Thomas Kirkpatrick in New York City.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Isabella Vaché Cox
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group