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Stanhope Magnifier

Maker Unsigned

Date Early 1800s
Dimensions English Metric
Lens Thickness 1.4in 35mm
Lens Diameter 1.2in 30mm
Total length 3.1in 80mm


This Stanhope type hand magnifier consists of a single very thick plano-convex lens.  It is held in a band of nickel silver that has a short handle. The lens is ground so when its flat face is place on a surface, it is just in focus. It comes with a small fabric-lined case. The maker is not identified.



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