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Spy glass: PER.M.370-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Telescopic spy glass in gilt bronze and ivory inlaid with gold piqué point

Two glass lenses set in gilt bronze and ivory inlaid with gold piqué point. Cylindrical, telescopic action of five tiers; four of bronze and the fifth (which forms the case) of ivory decorated with two swags and pendant flowers in gold dots.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

Spencer George Perceval Bequest, 1922

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 4.3 cm
Height: 3.7 cm
Height: 8.8 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1922-03-07) by Perceval, Spencer George


Early 19th Century
George III
1800 CE - 1820 CE

School or Style


Components of the work

Decoration composed of gold
Surface composed of gold
Tiers composed of copper alloy
Case composed of ivory
Lense composed of glass

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PER.M.370-1923
Primary reference Number: 150658
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 6 December 2012 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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