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Object Name Glasses, Field
Catalog Number 0985.08.00009
Description Binocular optic device, made of black enameled brass. Silver presentation plate on optic engraved, "To Gen'l Sterling Price / From lady friends / of Memphis / Tenn. / Jany 1st 1863". With case (.9a).
Material Metal/Glass
Dimensions W-5 L-8 inches
Owned Sterling Price
Owner Regiment Governor of Missouri; Commander, Missouri State Troops
Provenance Maj. Gen. Sterling Price used these field glasses during the war. Apparently presented to him by the ladies of Memphis, Tennessee, on January 1, 1863.

They were loaned to the Government in the Spanish-American and First World War. There was a shortage of optic devices during WWI dur to the main manufacturers being based in Germany and France, so supplies were cut off at the outbreak of war. Field glasses were needed so that field commanders could see onto the field, into trenches, and to scan for submarines. The "Eyes for the Navy" campaign asked U.S. citizens to donate their binoculars, telescopes and spy-glasses. Willing donors were asked to send their binoculars, spyglasses, and other useful navigational equipment to the Naval Observatory in Washington D.C.
People Price, Sterling
unidentified women
Search Terms WWI
Optics
Subjects Optical devices
World War I