They were a importer of fine optics during the American civil war. The Lemaire firm was begun in 1846 in Paris, rue Oberkampf.
22 & 26 by Armand Lemaire. They produced a variety of optical apparatus including binoculars.
They produced thousands of field glasses that were imported to America during the American civil war (both north and south). The French term for binoculars is'jumelles' or twin girls.
Their field glasses were used by the soldiers from both the north and south during the war between the states. These are NOT the commonly seen post war' opra glasses. These have the sliding' sun shades' on the front lens barrels.. Indicative of civil war era field glasses.
With a gutta-percha adjusting wheel. The exposed brass have a blackened' Japanned finish. The leather coverings are in good condition.
The lenses are clear, but have minor crazing to the lacquer on the front right lens (it is not noticeable when viewing). Excellent condition for being over a.The adjusting wheel works flawlessly. Don't pass them up! Real civil war era field glasses. The exact type carried by officers from both sides.
Identical to the binoculars seen in the hands of the statue of Brigadier General Gouverneur Warren on Little Round Top in Gettysburg! A must for that civil war collector you know!