~CASED STANHOPE/MINIATURE CODDINGTON LENS- F. L. WEST~

~CASED STANHOPE/MINIATURE CODDINGTON LENS- F. L. WEST~

300 GBP ($330 USD)

A cased Stanhope or miniature Coddington lens by Francis L. West in shaped maroon case c.1855

Dimensions

5.5 x 2 x 1.5 cm.

Circa

1855

Maker

F. L. West

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Patent & Salesmans Samples, Office Antiques, Magic Lanterns & Optical Toys, Natural history, Mineralogy & Gemmology, Microscopy, Therapeutic & Functional Aids

Description

A fine cased, minature Coddington lens/Stanhope by Francis L. West c.1855. Constructed from a solid biconvex lens (perfect) with 10 x magnification and a body of German silver, this optical toy/aid was popularized by West in the Victorian era and marketed profusely. Overall, the instrument is near flawless as is the maroon card case with the later 31 Cockspur Street, Charing Cross address. 5.5 x 2 x 1.5 cm. deep.

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Mark Hacking (Scientifica Opticae Inc.) has been an avid collector/dealer for over 30 years. A former Science teacher, he has an innate love for anything natural or mechanical. Specializing in optical (microscopes, telescopes), surveying, medical, weighing and drawing instruments, he is an active participant of the Scientific Instrument Fair in London. Living in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and two children; Mark looks forward to meeting as many fellow collectors as possible, and has a worldwide following on eBay (Sciopti).

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