~FLAWLESS SILVER LORGNETTE IN SPECTACULAR RAY SKIN and SILVER CASE~

~FLAWLESS SILVER LORGNETTE IN SPECTACULAR RAY SKIN and SILVER CASE~

$895 USD (750 GBP)

A flawless Georgian sliver, folding lorgnette/quizzing glass in a spectacular silver mounted, shagreen case c.1830

Dimensions

4 x 2 x 1 inches ( 10 x 5 x 2.5 cm).

Circa

1811-1839

Maker

Beebe/Barber

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Other, Office Antiques, Spectacles

Description

A  folding and locking lorgnette/monocle in solid silver ( hallmarked Chester and attributed to James Beebe or James Barber-latest possible date 1839, earliest 1811-I am not good with Gothic hallmarks) in a spectacular and flawless, silver mounted and highly decorated shagreen/ green ray skin case with cherub playing harp and blank monogram plate. The case is NOT hallmarked (as case makers did not belong to the Silversmith’s Guild) but tests for at least 0.925 Sterling. Pink velvet lined and in a highly stylised/ornate manner designed for a woman. The folding lorgnette/quizzing glass works and locks cleanly and the lenses have no scratches (rarely used). There is room in the case for a fine silver neck chain that would have attached to the end loop of the reading glasses (can be hand held with loop with double the magnification). Lens diameter 1 1/8 inches (3 cm.), case dimensions 4 x 2 x 1 inches (10 x 5 x 2.5 cm.) with secure, push button closure. NO issues, NO ray skin losses. A finer set you will not see for some time.

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CA ScientificaOpticae

Scientifica Opticae

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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