HARDY-BEEBE BINOCULAR LOUPE – IN THE ORIGINAL BOX
– EARLY 20TH CENTURY SURGICAL MAGNIFIERS
PATENTED 1912 – EXCELLENT CONDITION: This
Hardy-Beebe Binocular Loupe was manufactured in the
years preceding World War One by F.A. Hardy & Company,
an optical wholesaler and manufacturer located in
Chicago, Illinois and established there since the later
part of the 19th Century. Well known for
their optical instruments such as optometers,
ophthalmometers, lens testing kits, and these binocular
loupes, the company also known to have manufactured such
items as “autoglasses”, a type of goggles worn by early
automobile drivers, and expanding desk lamps.
In the original box, this Binocular Loupe is in “like
new” condition, showing no signs of wear or damage. The
lenses are completely clear with no scratches, the metal
frame is still bright with no corrosion or discoloring,
and the focus wheel turns freely.
The loupe is in the original box. The box shows some
wear and the top label is somewhat faded, but most of
the printing is still legible. The entire company
legend on the top of the box reads:
Patented July 28, 1912 February
F.A. Hardy & Company
The box is full form with some wear to the corners,
particularly the bottom left corner of the bottom of the
box. The box is still solid and displays quite well.
An early medical magnifying device, this binocular loupe
is the type of instrument that would have been purchased
by the army for issue to the medical doctors serving in
the post and field hospitals, and this set would make a
nice addition to a medical officer’s display.