A good Victorian desk magnifier of small dimensions perfect for the philatelist/numismatist. Consisting of a solid brass base attached to an adjustable stem by friction fit. The plano-convex lens has no faults and rotates by friction fit on a steel rod. Blackened rim on the plano side and bright brass on the slightly convex side. Magnification is 2-3X. Threaded and turned base measures 6 cm. dia., bullseye is 5 cm. dia. (arm plus bullseye is 11 cm. long) and the max. height is 19 cm. The entire magnifier is surmounted by a knurled, tapering cone. Small amounts of tarnish to the bright brass on the base only. c.1860
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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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