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Description: A pair of copper, nickel plated opera glasses with a hunting scene on body of barrels. The eye pieces are hallmarked, "Chevalier, Paris".

History: Charles Louis Chevalier (born Paris, Apr 19th 1804, died Paris, Nov 2th 1859) was an optician and instrument maker. He was son of the optician Vincent Jacques Louis Chevalier who himself was son of an optician, Louis Vincent Chevalier who had founded the family's company in Paris in 1765. The company of Vincent and Charles Chevalier was famous for the achromatic lenses which were invented by father Vincent, and the lens/prism optics they both had invented for camera obscuras. In 1825 Nicéphore Niépce came to the Chevaliers to buy achromatic lenses for his experimental cameras. He told the Chevaliers about his first efforts to achieve persisting photographs. That was when Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre just got interested in similar experiments. Later Chevalier gave him the address of Niépce, the first step for Daguerre to become a photography inventor himself. In 1832 Charles founded his own company.

Provenance: FL Estate

Dimensions: Weight (Pounds & Ounces) = 0.375 | Height(in) = 2.75 | Width(in) = 3.75 | Depth(in) = 1.25

Size of Artwork(in): 2.75 x 3.75 x 1.25

Artist Name: Chevalier, Paris

Medium: Copper, nickel plated.

Circa: Circa 1900


Good working mechanics and clear lenses. Some pitting and tarnish on plating. Brass surfaces have a dark patina.

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Brass Opera Glasses, Hunting Scene, Chevalier

Auction ended on Sun, May 22, 2016
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