A fine Georgian era desk magnifier/map reader in turned, flame mahogany frame. Can be used from both sides. Large format, 4 1/2″ frame, 3″ biconvex lens (original with wavy imperfections, one internal bubble and only minor scratches-see photos). Frame inserts to hold lens are fully intact with no cracks. One old nibble (machining chip) on the external frame. 5-10X magnification. c. 1820.
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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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