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1860's Brewster Design Patent Burl Rosewood Stereoscope / Stereoviewer For Sale
Very Rare and stunningly beautiful, 1860’s Brewster Type, Rosewood Stereoviewer / Stereoscope. This outstanding and exceptionally well made, hand held Viewer measures approx. 5 3/4" long overall and 7 1/2” by 4 3/8” at the backend. It is expertly crafted of a beautiful, elaborately burl rosewood and retains its beautiful, original French Polish finish. It features wooden lens rings and a metal, telescoping binocular-style lens adjustment that allows the brass lens mounts to move in and our of the case smoothly.
While we have handled two dozen or more Brewster Stereoscopes over the past 33+ years, we have never come across an example that even approached the beauty of the Viewer offered here. The body of the Viewer features a curved, Bombay-type construction and both the pattern of the burled surface wood and the high gloss finish are unlike any we have ever seen.
The Viewer is not signed by the manufacturer but appears to be American Made although it could possibly have been of French manufacture.
The Brewster viewer is one of the earliest means of viewing the stereograph. By 1856, Brewster reported that he had sold over half a million viewers. The design follows the requirements of the views being used at the time. This Brewster Stereoscope can be used for viewing tintypes, Daguerreotypes, glass views, tissue views and the early flat mount views made in quantity into the 1880's. Most Brewsters have a opaque glass at the back of the viewer to allow light to pass through glass and tissue views (as does the Viewer offered here). The photos below show the glass and the open top door with a mirror. The door can be adjusted as needed to point reflected light from the mirror onto non transparent views.
This rare and very beautiful, Brewster-type Stereo Viewer is in very good condition - sound and intact with optics in perfect condition. The viewer retains its original surface finish and has never been refinished, repaired, restored, or altered in any way. The frosted glass panel is intact and original and we can honestly say that this viewer is as “original” as any we have come across. Both of the wooden lens rings exhibit a single vertical crack and the brass lens mounts exhibit some surface tarnish which will clean up with a careful polishing. Please see the scans below for a good indication of the construction and condition of this wonderful 150+ years old Stereoscope.
A rare and exceptionally beautiful, 1860’s Brewster-Type, Burl Rosewood Stereoviewer / Stereoscope in 100% original condition and a fantastic addition to any Collection or as an outstanding, working viewer for the Stereoview Collector!!
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