Antique 2-draw monocular or small opera telescope, glass. Engraved by the maker, "Housette, Opticien, Montmorency, No.03" on the smallest draw, it has clear optics, lenses and can be used. The barrel cover is carved ivory which shows a natural shrinkage hairline to the one side (see images). Not from being dropped, nor damaged, it is natural for this material to shrink over time. The piece has been in my collection for 30 years, and it's time to disburse all. Full measurements noted on photos, and restrictions apply.
Very good to excellent condition for age and type, as noted above. Shrinkage hairline on one side of the barrel cover, typical of the material. Clear optics, 2-draw, working fine.
IMPORTANT NOTE regarding antique tortoise shell or ivory: We are great supporters of protection for endangered species in our modern world. We never buy or sell anything 100 years or newer; we donate to anti-poaching organizations; we don't hunt; we conserve in ways that impact global warming (we're totally solar at home), knowing those measures also protect the animals in the wild today. We also recognize the vast cultural history we preserve with our care and reverence for these antique objects, and agree with CITES that objects over 100 years of age have nothing whatsoever to do with species depletion in our current world.
Our offering exceeds the age limitation of "more than 100 years of age", and is well within the exemption for CITES regulation. If imported, met the CITES regulation. This item will be handled and shipped from our Utah business, and is not available for shipment internationally, nor within the USA to California, NY, Nevada, Hawaii, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington if it contains ivory, sorry. Please see our small print for more details.
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