An English Victorian period antler magnifying glass from the 19th century, with carved animal handle. Created in England under the reign of Queen Victoria, this magnifying glass reminds us of the evolution of reading aids throughout the ages starting in the 11th century with reading stones made of polished and shaped rock crystals or glass and placed flat onto a text. Centuries later, the magnifying glass as seen here was used in society on a regular basis. Our particular magnifying glass features a casing and handle made of metal boasting a nicely weathered patina. The petite metal ring securing the handle is adorned with an etched floral décor. The handle itself is made of an antler and reveals a surprising décor at its extremity. A carved animal with glass eyes, perhaps a lion with finely carved mane, provides a perfect conclusion to the ensemble. Placed on a desk top or on a bookshelf, this English Victorian period antler carved animal magnifying glass from the 19th century will make for a charming decorative addition to any home, particularly in an office or den.
Place of Origin: England
Period: 19th Century
Dimensions: 10.25"D x 1.25"H x 4"W
Inventory Number: VAB79