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Posted By: Dave Gaddy on: 04/18/2003 09:25:17 CDT
Subject: RE: My New Pair!!!!

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Eric; I'm not going to give you the standard "hold 'em up to your ear and see if you hear 'Dixie'--or... .)
Yes, the winged staff with serpents (the symbol of Hermes/Mercury, familiar today as the physician's/medic's caduseus) was Bardou's trademark (and, by the bye, part of the insigne of the British army/commonwealth nations' signal services). Saw a pair recently on eBy as "1890s," but no basis for date. (Since I have a pair, I'd like to pin it down too.) These are prime quality glasses by a first-rate Parisian outfit (and known manufacturing source of early US Sig Corps telescopes).
These have the straight bridge between eyepieces, as opposed to the curved bridge to accommodate the nose, which I've been told makes them earlier. The weight distinguishes them from the Lemaire and other glasses which I'm currently guessing are post-war. But the design, as you say, may well have lasted close to a century. Assume no provision for neckstrap or curved cups over eyepieces. Until challenged by authority, I'd be very comfortable taking to the field with those--"private purchase," "captured from Yankees," or--if you're ever Union--direct import or private purchase.
Assume no case. Antiqoptics can fix you up.
Enjoy!! Hum "I Can See Clearly Now" when you spot the Bonny White Flag that Bears the Crimson Square.
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