Handheld reading lens and case

Made:
1680-1700
Hand reading lens in leather case, 1631-1670 Hand reading lens in leather case, 1631-1670 Hand reading lens in leather case, 1631-1670 Hand reading lens in leather case, 1631-1670

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Hand reading lens in leather case, 1631-1670
Science Museum Group
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Hand reading lens in leather case, 1631-1670
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Hand reading lens in leather case, 1631-1670
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Hand reading lens in leather case, 1631-1670
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Handheld reading lens and leather case, maker unknown, 1680-1700.

Reading lenses such as this, along with spectacles, were the most common product made by the emerging optical instrument makers of the period. Many of these makers were members of the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, a guild founded in 1629.

Details

Category:
Optics
Object Number:
1921-793
Materials:
brass (copper, zinc alloy), glass, leather and wood (unidentified)
Measurements:
overall (in case): 20 mm x 76 mm x 144 mm, , .135kg
type:
case
credit:
Court, Thomas Henry