Catalogue Number: 2920
Lerebours mother of pearl opera glasses
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Telescopes, binoculars, opera glasses
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c1835
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Paris, France
Description Of Item: Brass and mother of pearl opera glasses. Barrels covered in mother of pearl cut to form tiny blocks. Focussing knob of mother of pearl with applied brass acanthus leaf decoration. Eyepieces both impressed 'LEREBOURS PARIS'. Size: 97 x 46 x 30 mm.
Historical Significance: Noel Jean Lerebours (1761-1840), optician to Emperor Napoleon, settled in 1789 at Quai de l'Horloge, Paris. His son was the famous daguerrotypist Noel Marie Paymal Lerebours (1807-1873) who took over the workshop from his father. After 1845 the firm was styled 'Lerebours & Secretan'.
How Acquired: Donated by Pamela Sutton
Date Acquired: July 2016
Condition: Fair; bridge for eyepieces broken
Location: Archive Office. Cabinet One Drawer 4