Pearl Shell Opera Glasses c.1800’s

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Antique Pearl Shell Opera Glasses, England c.1800’s

Opera glasses, also known as theater binoculars or Galilean binoculars, are compact, low-power optical magnification devices, usually used at performance events, whose name is derived from traditional use at opera performances. The design of many modern opera glasses of the ornamental variety is based on the popular lorgnettes of the 19th century.

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