French Leather/Brass Opera Glasses by Le Maire Fabt. Paris c.1880



An original pair of French opera glasses manufactured by Le Maire Fabt. Paris. They are marked on each eyepiece with "Le Maire Fabt. Paris". The objective lenses are 30 mm in diameter and their optics are good. The frame is a wrapped in leather with a cross hatched pattern and the barrels are brass. The black metal focus wheel works well. Overall the piece is in good condition with appropriate patina for its age.

  • CREATOR Le Maire Fabt. Paris.
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES  Leather, Metal, Brass, Optical glass.
  • CONDITION Good with appropriate patina for age.
  • DIMENSIONS H 4 in. x W 4 in.  x D 1.75 in.


Jacques Lemaire began making military and civilian binoculars and opera glasses in 1847 and was soon a major manufacturer noted for using mechanization, division of labor and interchangeable parts.

If made for the American or British market, the words "Fabt/ Fabricant Paris" have been translated to “Made in France” on the central brace and indicate a date after 1891 or 1887 respectively.

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