Early polyprism in wood housing

Early polyprism in wood housing

Stock Number: FG_21001


Late 18th or early 19th-century scientific curiosity or optical toy.


Length: 6.9 cm. Maximal diameter: 5 cm.



Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Natural history, Magic Lanterns & Optical Toys, Telescopes - Other


The polyprism is a polyangular ground and polished glass, set in a turned wooden mount suitable for holding to the eye. It acts like the fly’s eye, where its 24 facets reflect many identical images. The polyprism viewer was a popular form of entertainment in Georgian and Victorian times, being the early form of the kaleidoscope.

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IL Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh was the mythological hero of the cultures of ancient West Asia, who set out on a journey in which he sought youth and eternal life.
Fleaglass Gilgamesh is located in Israel. As an archaeologist researching the material culture of the distant past and using the microscope as a major research tool, for more than two decades I have collected microscopes from the first 300 years of existence of this amazing tool and researched the cultural context of their use. Passion has become an obsession and I cultivate the full and almost unique West Asian collection of historical microscopes. Respectively, I put up for sale surplus or interesting items from the collection. I would be happy to advise any interested collector free of charge. Needless to say, I would love to send photos, information and bibliographic references, and discuss the sale details of the items offered here for sale.

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