French Opera Glasses by Le Maire Fabt. Paris c.1880
This is 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 28mm in diameter and their optics are good. The frame is a black coated metal and the barrels are covered in dark brown leather. The black metal focus wheel works well. Their is no carrying case. Overall the piece is in excellent condition with appropriate patina for its age.
- CREATOR Le Maire Fabt. Paris.
- DATE OF MANUFACTURE c.1880
- MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Leather, Metal, Optical glass.
- CONDITION Excellent. With appropriate patina for age.
DIMENSIONS H 3 in. x W 4 in. x D 1.5 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.