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Opera glasses with case belonging to Etta Moten Barnett

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Manufactured by:
Unidentified  Search this
Owned by:
Etta Moten Barnett, American, 1901 - 2004  Search this
plastic and glass with metal and cloth
H x W x D (a): 1 3/4 × 3 11/16 × 1 1/4 in. (4.5 × 9.3 × 3.2 cm)
H x W x D (b): 1 15/16 × 4 1/8 × 1 3/8 in. (5 × 10.5 × 3.5 cm)
opera glasses
cases (containers)
Place used:
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
These are opera glasses (a) in a case (b) owned by Etta Moten Barnett. The opera glasses are black with gold filigree around the body. There are clear rhinestones studded within the filigree. The objective lenses, body and bridge are black. The bridge does not hinge. The eye cups are black. The focus wheel is black. There is text on the focus wheel that reads “Made in Japan.” There is text carved into the bridge and painted white that reads “Mignon / 2.5X.” The case (b) is silver satin with a cream colored interior, that closes with a white snap.
African American  Search this
Activism  Search this
Actors  Search this
Broadway Theatre  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
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Restrictions & Rights:
No known copyright restrictions
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Collection title:
Etta Moten Barnett Archive
Personal Effects and Items
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture