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Spy glass: PER.M.372-1923

Object information

Current Location: In storage


Maker: Grice, William Hawks




Telescopic spy glass in gilt bronze chased with floral borders

Two glass lenses set in chased gilt bronze. Cylindrical, telescopic action of seven tiers. The eyepiece on the smallest tier and the side of the largest tier (which forms the case) are deeply chased with a wide border of flowerheads and leaves. The side of the eyepiece is engraved 'W. Hawks Grice / late Fraser / Bond St, London'.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

Spencer George Perceval Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 4.4 cm
Height: 10.0 cm
Height: 3.8 cm

Place(s) associated

  • London ⪼ England

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

Surface composed of gold
Lenses composed of glass

Materials used in production

Copper alloy

Inscription or legends present

  • Text: W. Hawks Grice / late Fraser / Bond St, London
  • Location: On the side of the top tier
  • Method of creation: Engraved
  • Type: Maker's inscription

References and bibliographic entries

Identification numbers

Accession number: PER.M.372-1923
Primary reference Number: 150660
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Audit data

Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 30 June 2016 Last processed: Sunday 21 March 2021

Associated departments & institutions

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

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