Decorated pinchbeck quizzer with rectangular lens

Catalogue Number: 2938
Decorated pinchbeck quizzer with rectangular lens
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Monocles, quizzers
Time Period: 19th C
Description Of Item: Quizzer, 78 x 38 mm, with rectangular lens with lens power of - 1.25 D Sph and decorated handle and lens made of pinchbeck alloy to give the appearance of gold
Historical Significance: Pinchbeck is a form of brass (usually about 90% copper and 10% zinc) used in the 19th century because it has the appearance of gold. It was invented by Christopher Pinchbeck, a London Clock maker, in the 18th century. Because the alloy could be used to replace gold, the word is also used to signify something less than genuine; a counterfeit; a fake; a sham or fraud
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Museum
Date Acquired: Aug 2016
Condition: Very good except handle loop is slightly loose
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 4

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