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Opera-Glasses

Everything about the opera conveys refined elegance and glamour, from the grand stage productions with rich, opulent sets and fairy-tale gowns to the rows of well-turned- out ladies and gentlemen peering through opera glasses.

The earliest opera glasses, which appeared in London as early as 1730, took the form of a long collapsible telescope, often covered in enamel, gemstones, ivory, or hand- painted with popular artistic images of the time. The first handheld version of opera glasses showed up in Vienna in 1823. Known as theater binoculars or Galilean binoculars (named for Italian inventor and philosopher Galileo), they were constructed of two telescopes with a bridge in the center that could be adjusted independently to achieve proper focus.

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A PAIR OF MOTHER-OF-PEARL OPERA GLASSES, MARCHAND PARIS.

April 27, 2017, 10:30 AM GMT
Haslemere, United Kingdom

£15 (starting bid)

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A PAIR OF MOTHER-OF-PEARL OPERA GLASSES, COLMONT PARIS.

April 27, 2017, 10:30 AM GMT
Haslemere, United Kingdom

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A PAIR OF OPERA GLASSES, Carpentier Paris, in a leather case.

April 27, 2017, 10:30 AM GMT
Haslemere, United Kingdom

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BINÓCULOS DE TEATRO

April 28, 2017, 4:00 PM WET
Porto, Portugal

€30 (starting bid)

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Schutz Cassel Baby 3x15 Opera Glasses

April 29, 2017, 10:00 AM MST
Glendale, AZ, USA

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LATE 19TH C. KILN ENAMEL FRENCH OPERA GLASSES

April 29, 2017, 10:00 AM PST
Los Angeles, CA, USA

$450 (starting bid)

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TWO PAIRS OF GILDED METAL VINTAGE GLASSES

May 3, 2017, 4:30 PM CET
Barcelona, Spain

€30 (starting bid)

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A pair of 19thC mother of pearl and brass theatre / opera glasses. Approx 4 1/2'' wide

May 6, 2017, 9:00 AM BST
Middle Claydon, United Kingdom

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Lemaire Paris Mother of Pearl Opera Glasses

May 6, 2017, 12:00 PM EST
Fort Myers, FL, USA

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