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Selection of opera glases, 1780-1820.

Selection of opera glases, 1780-1820.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 23cm x 32cm


Shown on the left is a non-achromatic prospect opera glas made by Nairne & Blunt, c 1780. On the right is a collapsible, 6-draw opera glas with a body tube of green shagreen with gilt ornamentation and a cardboard covered draw tube with green vellum, made by W & S Jones, c 1820. The opera glas in the foreground has a white ivory body with turned decoration and was made by Tuther of London. Opera glases became popular as a status symbol in the 18th century and were made from a variety of materials including vellum, lacquered ivory, horn, silver and bras.

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