Catalogue Number: 3596
Chevalier mother-of-pearl opera glasses
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Telescopes, binoculars, opera glasses
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c1885
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Paris, France
Description Of Item: Brass opera glasses with mother of pearl eyepieces, focus winder and barrel covers. Each eyepiece is inscribed 'CHEVALIER/ PARIS'. Brass frame engraved 'Verres superieurs'. rectangullar brass mount on right frame for a handle (now missing). Size: 95 x 57 x 35 mm.
Historical Significance: The Chevalier family firm of opticians was founded in Paris in 1765 by Louis-Vincent Chevalier (1734-1804). His son, Vincent Jacques Louis Chevalier (1770-1841) and grandson, Charles Louis Chevalier (1804-1859) developed the first achromatic lens for microscopes in 1823. Charles' son Arthur Chevalier (1830-1872) also worked in the family firm. The business closed in 1889.
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Museum at Portobello Road, London
Date Acquired: June 2018
Condition: Very good
Location: Archive Office. Cabinet One Drawer 15