This is an antique pair of Chevalier Opticien Binoculars from the late 1700s. Chevalier made binoculars in Paris from 1760-1900. The binoculars have three modes on them that are changeable by the side nob. The modes are labeled: theatre, marine, and field and all three work. The case is original and both the handle and clasp are in working order. These belonged to my great grandfather who immigrated from Ireland to Boston in 1890. These binoculars belonged to his grandfather which go back to the late 1700s. My great grandfather was born in 1860. Included in the case is a ticket to the 1891 Cricket matches held in Philadelphia between the XI Gentlemen of England vs Gentlemen of Philadelphia. My great grandfather was best friend of Lord Martin Hawke who was captain of the Yorkshire Gentlemen Cricket Club from 1883-1910. My great grandfather took the train in 1891 from Boston to Philadelphia to attend the two cricket matches at the new Philadelphia Cricket Club House and Field which opened in 1891. The Binoculars are in excellent condition for their age and come with great provenance. The 1891 ticket to the cricket matches has been in the binoculars case for the past 127 years.
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