Late nineteenth century enamel opera glasses.
These fine opera glasses were sold by the Edinburgh suppliers Hamilton and Inches in the last quarter of the nineteenth century. The construction of the glasses is likely to be French, though the enamelling is certainly Viennese and of the highest quality. Each barrel of the opera glasses is decorated with a midnight blue ground with a scattering of stars. There are two cartouches to each barrel, each having floral decoration, surrounded by raised white and gold frames. The focussing wheel and eye pieces are of turned ivory.
These exceptional late nineteenth century enamel opera glasses stand 4.75cm high unextended. They are 9.5cm at their widest point and are 3.5cm at the deepest. (Measurements approximate). They are in fine condition, with one minor crack to one cartouche and showing wear appropriate to their age and substance. They are sold together with their original fitted leather case. They have no restoration.