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a. Binocular opera glasses with two flared barrels, each cased in 10 faceted mother of pearl panels, held within a brass-colored metal frame. The objective ends of each barrel have a large glass lens ringed by a metal rim, the interior painted black around the lenses. The eyepiece ends are open, exposing the hollow interior where metal draw tubes with eyepieces (b) would be inserted. The barrels are connected by two horizontal, curved bridges and a central, vertical, metal tube with a large, knurled metal focus knob in the center that twists to adjust the glasses. At the end of the center tube, closest to the eyepiece, is an exposed, threaded post to attach the draw tube section. An inverted manufacturer’s mark is engraved on the inner left face of the back bridge. The metal is discolored throughout, the glass is dirty, and the paint is chipping.
b. Two brass colored metal draw tubes from opera glasses (a) connected by a flat, horizontal, curved bridge near the eyepiece end of each tube. A small ocular lens is set into each circular eyepiece and ringed by a metal eye cup with a flared inner rim painted black and a thick, raised, center band around the exterior. The opposite ends of the tubes are open, the interior painted black, and would be inserted into the open end of the barrels on the glasses, and fastened in place utilizing a small square hole at the center of the bridge. The metal is discolored throughout, the glass is dirty, and the paint is chipping on the interior and there are losses along the outer surface near the open tube ends.
c. Kidney shaped, dark brown leather case with a flat, reinforced base and lid decorated with pressed line borders, and soft sides that widen at the top for opera glasses (a & b). The sides are sewn together along vertical seams at the short ends. The lid has a narrow, stiff lip that rests atop the stiff, reinforced, upper portion of the body, both of which have inner rims decorated with a gold-painted, zig-zagging line. The lid has a narrow, leather loop handle on top, is attached to the base at the back with two brass colored metal hinges, and to the front by a flat inner tab that is released by pushing inward on a black painted, metal knob attached to the lip of the lid. The interior body is lined with worn, black velvet-like cloth over brown paper and the interior lid is lined with black paper. A small, embossed, gold colored metal manufacturer’s plate is glued to the center of the inner lid. The leather and cloth are worn throughout, the lining is peeling, and the painted border is flaking.
a : 1.500 x 4.000 x 1.625 in. (3.81 x 10.16 x 4.128 cm.) b : 1.125 x 3.500 x 1.500 in. (2.858 x 8.89 x 3.81 cm.) c : 2.875 x 4.375 x 2.000 in. (7.302 x 11.113 x 5.08 cm.)
a : mother of pearl, metal, glass, paint b : metal, glass, paint c : leather, metal, cloth, paint, paper, adhesive
a. bridge near the focus knob, underside, left, engraved, maker’s mark : inverted feline head / DEPOSI c. interior, lid, center, metal plate, embossed : HUGO WOLF / DIPLOM. OPTIKER / WIEN I. [HUGO WOLF / DIPLOM. OPTICAL / VIENNA 1]
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