This 1897 Triumph stereoscope is made of tiger maple and tin. The antique device is marked on the top of its tin viewer “Triumph, Universal View Co., Philadelphia USA.” The patent of the Triumph stereoscope was initiated on April 20, 1897 and approved on September 28, 1897.
A stereoscope is an optical instrument with two eyepieces for helping the observer to combine the images of two pictures taken from points of view a little way apart and thus to get the effect of solidity or depth. In other words, a turn-of-the-century attempt at 3D viewing. The stereoscope was the forefather to the mid-20th century View Master.
Included with the stereoscope is a set of 16 stereographic cards that can be placed in the wooden crossbeam that has the metal holders. The handle is lowered from the body of the stereoscope to hold the device steady, and once the stereographic card has been properly placed on the crossbeam, the beam itself can be carefully moved so as to adjust for proper distance for clarity.
Please note that, because the stereographic cards are more than a century old, a few of the cards have folds and bend marks, Most, if not all, of the cards have some degree of edge and/or corner wear and are slightly warped/curled. Most surfaces are good with some minor soiling. The card with the images of the dogs has been damaged quite a bit. So, carefully review the attached photographs for any condition issues.
The cards include:
- In the Garden of Gethsemane, 1896 (slightly warped)
- White fronted goose (slightly warped)
- Caught napping, 1893 (slightly warped)
- A four-in-hand (slightly warped)
- The long prayer (slightly warped)
- “For Christ and the Church,” 1896
- Overlooking the Thames at 11 O’clock at Night (slightly warped)
- Art creation by the master hand, Acambaro, Mexico (slightly warped)
- Nazareth, Palestine (slightly warped)
- Gold miners climbing to the summit of Chilkoot Pass, Alaska (slightly warped)
- Quebec’s Boasted View from Dufferin Terrace, Quebec, Canada (slightly warped)
- “Under the Snow,” 1906 (slightly warped)
- The Jungfrau from Interlaken, Switzerland
- Victoria, Regina, life raft
- The kindergarten class (heavily bent, gouge in lower left area, frayed edges)
- Lake Como, Finicular R.R. in Como, Italy (bent in center)
This antique Triumph stereoscope and its accompanying stereographic cards would make for a great gift for the collector of antique entertainment paraphernalia or a wonderful conversation piece for your living room, library or office.