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Posted 2 years ago


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For some strange reason I had wanted a pair of these opera glasses since I was a kid. I find these optical things fascinating. The movement, the lenses, the iridescence of the mother of pearl, ...... all have an attraction. I found this pair in the case with the bee opening clip at the Salvos.
They are marked Lemaire Paris. Most references put them to the early 1900's.
But binoculars are always handy!
I'm a visual learner!
I've been researching the Lemaire firm and have found out that the firm was begun in 1846 in Paris, rue Oberkampf. 22 & 26 by Armand Lemaire. They produced a variety of optical apparatus including binoculars. The French term for binoculars is 'jumelles' or twin girls. The Lemaire firm worked until 1955. Lemaire exported his goods all over the world.
Armand Lemaire died in 1885 and his son in law Jean Baptiste Baille took over the running of the firm now called the Baille Lemaire group.
As an aspiring entrepreneur Baille set up a factory in the Essonne at Crosne. But the endeavour was a little bit more adventurous than making optical instruments. They got involved in the car industry between 1886 and 1903 ! They built a car with an air cooled two cylinder motor that could deliver eight horse power called the Model 8CV. And it seems they set up a model factory with benefits for the workers there including banks and even a model town to house the workers called la cité Baille-Lemaire. One of their cars took part in the Paris-Amsterdam-Paris race of 1898.
I've not been able to find a photo on the net of one of these cars.
It seems they are a rarity, unlike the 'jumelles' that the company produced. The group were also involved in the production of medals, coins and tokens and are well known in numismatics too!
The Baille-Lemaire group later got involved in trains and did work for big French industrial names: the EDF (electricity), the SNCF (French rail network), the RATP (Paris public transport)and the French Army.


  1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks BELLIN68!
  2. wolcott1, 2 years ago
    Love these. Thanks for sharing the wonderful research! I have mother of pearl opera glasses that I will post at some point. You are very lucky to have found them with the case in tact! I wish mine had cases.
  3. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks wolcott1!
  4. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 2 years ago
    May I borrow them? I'm going to the opera in a couple of weeks and want to look fabulous LOL. They are graet, I always loved this sophisticated stuff ;)
  5. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    No problem!
    Riccardo Muti?
    Saverio Mercadante's "I due Figaro"?
  6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks trgrubaugh, austrohungaro, Manikin, Hedgewalker & ozmarty too!
  7. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 2 years ago
    That's it, and in April The life and death of Marina Abramovic, and want to get tickets for Monteverdi's Poppea e Nerone later :) ... we're going a lot this season :)
  8. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Tuxedo events? Or is that not done these days?
  9. AmberRose AmberRose, 2 years ago
    Can you see me waving hello to you with those? :))
    Very dapper!
    I might have a pair similar...will have to see.
  10. austrohungaro austrohungaro, 2 years ago
    Haha, not that formal. I don't even wear a complete suit, just shirt and tie... simply enough to look fab! ;)
  11. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks scandinavian_pieces!
  12. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks kerry10456 & lundy too!
  13. musikchoo musikchoo, 2 years ago
    I have a pair posted that are identical. I think they are a great !! I dont have any idea how many are out there. Thanks for posting them!!
  14. musikchoo musikchoo, 2 years ago
    I just looked at my posted glasses. I think these two pair are another kind, but I do have a pair like yours that I didnt post!
  15. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks musikchoo!
    I look forward to seeing them!
    Thanks too to michelleamieux!
  16. vetraio50 vetraio50, 2 years ago
    Many thanks IVAN49!
  17. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks petey!
  18. JSM7567, 1 year ago
    I have the same exact one, with case, in my collection of items inherited from my mother. I think these are just a spectacular item to hold onto for generations to come.
  19. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks JSM7567.
    I apologize to bratjdd for what must have been a tardy thanks.
  20. vetraio50 vetraio50, 1 year ago
    Many thanks trunkman!
  21. otiamaria otiamaria, 9 months ago
    Oh my......I LOVE them! If only I were a more limber woman, I would kick my own butt right now, because about 20 years ago I managed to find a pair a lot like yours at a local pawn shop. I hemmed and hawed, eventually leaving without it.
    Of course, you KNOW I thought about those binoculars obsessively for the next two days, until finally it drove me back to the pawn shop.
    Gr. I don't need to tell you about how they were sold....
    Lesson learned? You see it, you like it, you won't starve if you get it (that, or you decide you can learn to love Top Ramen, haha...) and you stare at it for over 10 minutes....just BUY it.

    Nice piece!
    (I did buy a "modern" (yawn) pair. I took them to punk shows, and people always asked to use them.)
  22. SEAN68 SEAN68, 9 months ago
    Still my favorite:) beautiful;)!!!!
  23. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 months ago
    Many thanks Sean and to you too otiamaria!
  24. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 months ago
    Many thanks michaeln!
  25. vetraio50 vetraio50, 9 months ago
    Many thanks AEON!
  26. aldo78 aldo78, 7 months ago
    O my God I love them so much they are beautiful love it love it love it :):):)
  27. BigTex BigTex, 7 months ago
    Love the Mother of Pearl. Beautiful
  28. vetraio50 vetraio50, 7 months ago
    Many thanks ALDO, SIGNAHOLIC, TEX & MSL too!
  29. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
    Many thanks for the loves TOM31675!
  30. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
    Many thanks BRASSNUT!
  31. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 months ago
    Many thanks WALKSOFTLY & LISA too!

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