REF: 202026 / LA226696
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This Item is a fine example of a quizzing glass they used to come in various shapes this one has a rectangular lens. There are no mark which i can find but i believe it gold plated. The quizzing glass was popular with both men and women from the eighteenth century onward. They lost there popularity and Quizzing glasses waned after 1850 but Opticians continued to supply quizzing glasses, now often in colourful plastic frames and mainly marketed for women, until the later 20th century. Quizzing: 'The act of mocking by a narrow examination through a quizzing-glass or by pretended seriousness of discourse'. I remember seeing films of ladies looking disapprovingly through a quizzer . Nice social history piece.
Frank's Heaven has clarified that the Quizzing Glass (LA226696) is genuinely of the period declared with the date/period of manufacture being c.1850
Very good condition
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