Gilt brass pendant spyglass

Catalogue Number: 3568
Gilt brass pendant spyglass
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Telescopes, binoculars, opera glasses
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c1820
Time Period: 19th C
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: France
Description Of Item: Gilt brass 5 draw spyglass (small monocular telescope). Foliate & floral decoration around eyepiece, ribbed casing with suspension ring. 5 draw telescopic action extends the spyglass for use. Objective lens is a later replacement. Diameter: 32mm, Length closed: 15mm, extended: 40mm.
Historical Significance: Ref: An almost identical item is shown on page 116 of 'A Spectacle of Spectacles', Exhibition catalogue of Carl-Zeiss-Stiftung Jena, Ed Wolf Winkler, 1988. See also 'Spectacles & spyglasses', Marly, Pierre, Hoebeke, 1988, page 140, Fig 418.
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Optometry Museum
Date Acquired: May 2018
Condition: Good but small dents to rim, objective lens replaced
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 4

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