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Order in the next 0: The gluing didn't work. The cap is supposed to snap onto the end of the small round section that allows one to adjust the focus. Rated 2 out of 5 by Fred from Disappointing close focus Opera glasses are so-so binoculars at best.
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But this pair is unnecessarily bad. Im far-sighted--at can see at a distance but need reading glasses. These binoculars JUST achieved focus at a distance for me with the focus all the out.
The closest item I could focus on was about thirty feet away. It just made things less focused.
Unless you are near-sighted, I would give these a pass. Im keeping mine because I mostly want them for sporting events, where Im far enough away that I can use them. Surely other brands have a more useful range of focus for far-sighted people. Rated 5 out of 5 by Chairforce Greg from Solid Specs For the price, these are a solid built pair of opera glasses.
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The magnification works wonderfully and the zooming function is user friendly. Aesthetically, they are a pretty sight to look at It feels like a substantial quality item in the hand but not to heavy to hold while viewing a play. It comes with a nice carrying pouch and it fits neatly into a purse. Here they are, compared with my other opera-glasses.
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Up the back is a pair of Jockey Club de Paris racing binoculars, from about Next along is a pair of nondescript brass opera glasses, probably from the turn of the century. The next pair with the blue guilloche enameled sides was made in Paris around Same with the next pair.
The middle Mother-of-Pearl set were made by Le Maire, and date to the date is engraved on the bridge. The lorgnette opera glasses with the folding telescope handle are from around the same date, and were made by Iris, another famous French optician.
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The final and smallest pair, the Colmont set are next to them. As you can see — the size of these, even next to the next largest, is just minuscule!
Opera glasses of this style date from the turn of the century, from what my research tells me, from about The glasses are made of gilt brass brass with gold fused onto it using a healthy and safe process involving the vapourising of mercury…yum!! I just had to have them, and I had to share them!
What a wonderful little pair of opera glasses! Fascinating to see them next to the others, how they vary in size and their decoration. I love the blue ones, just stunning. It has struck me how perhaps a lady or gent pulling out a flash pair of opera glasses is no different a status symbol than someone today pulling out the latest smatphone from their pocket or handbag!