20 Apr 1897 (patented) - 28 Sep 1897 (patented)
Wood, glass and metal
311 mm (length); 178 mm (width)Order this image
National Trust Museum of Childhood (Accredited Museum)
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A wood and metal stereoscope. The stereoscope comprises of an oval piece of wood incorporating two square glass eye lenses. Surrounding the oval is an engraved metal 'guard' which when the stereoscope is held up to the eyes, obscures any surrounding light. The oval shaped piece of wood is supported on a long horizontal piece of wood and attached to the underneath of which, is a turned wooden handle which can fold flat on its hinge. There is another piece of wood supporting a wire bracket at each end, which holds a stereoscope card in place. This piece slots onto the long horizontal piece of wood, at right angles and is held in place via a cross-shaped piece of metal underneath. The total number of items is 2.
Marks and inscriptions
On the underside of long horizontal piece of wood near handle: 'PAT D/ APRIL 20 1897/ SEP 28 1897'