Long Range Brass Spy Binoculars On Stand, 1850s
In the mid 1800's cameras had not really been perfected yet enough to provide much in the area of covert photography for spies and private-eyes. One had to stand very still to have their photo taken and any movement at all would provide a blurry image. However, binoculars of the time were very good and actually seemed to be made better then than they are today. They were made to last a life time. These brass binoculars are in top shape. Spys would use them to observe the comings and goings of people into and out of a building by renting a room on the other side of the street with the right view. That's much like we do it today only we usually now have photography equipment to record the activity.


From The Ralph D. Thomas PI Vintage Collection
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