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Created by:
Lemaire, French, 1846 - 1955  Search this
Owned by:
Mary Church Terrell, American, 1863 - 1954  Search this
glasses:metal, plastic, glass, mother of pearl;
case: leather, silk, metal, paper, ink
H x W x D (case): 2 3/4 × 4 5/8 × 2 in. (7 × 11.7 × 5.1 cm)
H x W x D (glasses): 2 1/4 × 4 × 1 1/2 in. (5.7 × 10.2 × 3.8 cm)
opera glasses
cases (containers)
Place collected:
Highland Beach, Anne Arundel County, Maryland, United States, North and Central America
Place made:
Paris, Île-de-France, France, Europe
late 19th-mid 20th century
Small opera glasses and case owned by Mary Church Terrell. The metal opera glasses (a) have inlaid mother of pearl decoration. Around the rim of each eyecup [LEMAIRE PARIS] is printed. The text on the left side is significantly deteriorated. The lens glass has some deterioration and the metal is tarnished. The green leather case (b) has a blue silk lining. There is a button closure to open the hinged lid. The sides seams are torn and the leather is abraded. The case handle is partially detached. There is a handwritten numerical notation inside the lid.
African American  Search this
Amusements  Search this
Domestic life  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Opera (Music)  Search this
Theatre  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Ray and Jean Langston in memory of Mary Church and Robert Terrell
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title:
Mary Church Terrell Family Archive
Personal Effects and Items
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture