Italian Opera Glasses and Leather Case by Napoli Optical Company c.1880
This is an original pair of Italian opera glasses manufactured by Napoli Optical Company, Italy. They are marked on each eyepiece with "Napoli Optical Co.". The objective lenses are 35mm in diameter and their optics are good. The frame is a black coated metal and the barrels are covered with black enamel with a brass detail ring. The black metal focus wheel works well. The carrying case is black leather. The leather has faded with age and the strap has broken. Overall the piece is in excellent condition with appropriate patina for its age.
- CREATOR Napoli Optical Co., Italy.
- DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1880
- MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Leather, metal, optical glass.
- CONDITION Excellent. With appropriate patina for age.
DIMENSIONS H 3.5 in. x W 4.25 in. x D 1.75 in.
HISTORYNapoli Optical Company were a prominent European manufacturer alongside the French Lemaire Fabt over the turn of the century.