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Opera glasses and case belonging to Etta Moten Barnett

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Manufactured by:
Schildkraut Bros.  Search this
Owned by:
Etta Moten Barnett, American, 1901 - 2004  Search this
a: glass , metal , crystal (material by form) , plastic
b: beads , silk (fiber)
H x W x D (a: ): 1 9/16 × 4 1/16 × 1 15/16 in. (4 × 10.3 × 5 cm)
H x W x D (b: ): 1 3/16 × 6 5/16 × 3 3/4 in. (3 × 16 × 9.5 cm)
opera glasses
cases (containers)
Place used:
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, United States, North and Central America
ca. 1950
Etta Moten Barnett set on the women's board of the Chicago Lyric Opera Theater during the 1970s and 1980s.
These are opera glasses (a) in a case (b). The opera glasses are gold and black with black crystals covering the body of the glasses and the attached handle. The attached handle is hinged so that it can be folded flat along the glasses. The objective lenses, bell and bridge are gold. The bridge does not hinge. The eye cups are black. The focus wheel is white. There is text carved into the bridge that reads “MIGNON 25X.” The case (b) is black satin with a black beaded exterior, that closes with a gold snap. The largest compartment holds the opera glasses. There are multiple smaller interior compartments that close with a gold magnetic fastener. Sewn into the smallest pocket is a white fabric tag with gold text that reads " MADE IN JAPAN / by hand / SCHILDKRAUT BROS."
African American  Search this
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Broadway Theatre  Search this
Clothing and dress  Search this
Fashion  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Women  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown – Restrictions Possible
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Collection title:
Etta Moten Barnett Archive
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture