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Magnifying glass case: M.93-1961

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Current Location: In storage


Maker: Unknown




Oval, tortoise shell case with glass lense in gold mounts

Tortoise shell with glass lense and chased gold mounts. Oval case comprising upper and lower slightly domed plates, which are held apart by three stylised leaf-shaped mounts, one of which is hinged to a magnifying glass mounted in gold with a reeded border.


History note: Not known before testator

Legal notes

L.C.G. Clarke Bequest

Measurements and weight

Height: 1.9 cm
Length: 8.0 cm
Width: 5.7 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1960-12-13) by Clarke, Louis Colville Gray


19th Century, Early#
Production date: circa AD 1810 : The gold mounts do not bear any hallmarks


The gold mounts do not bear a maker's mark

Components of the work

Case composed of tortoise shell
Mounts composed of gold
Magnifying Glass composed of glass

Identification numbers

Accession number: M.93-1961
Primary reference Number: 150680
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 4 October 2012 Last processed: Thursday 7 December 2023

Associated departments & institutions

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

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