This pendant which magnifies, is known historically as a "Quizzing glass." They were popular in the mid 18th century and in the early years of the 19th century. This particular example is English, and is set in a pale 15 karat rose gold. Unusual to find these set in gold, as the majority were set in cased or plated gold.
Quizzing glasses had a lens which was a single magnifier. They were used to hold up to the eye to enable close scrutiny. Usually they were attached to a long chain or ribbon and were a very popular fashion accessory. Often, it was used as an affectation when the wearer would hold it up "quizzically" to stare at a person.
Today, they are so charming and functional worn on a long chain. The lens is a magnifier but can be personalized by an optician.
It has a swivel loop at the top which enables it to easily join a chain. It measures 3 inches long x 1.5 inches across the bottom.
Condition is superb.
English, circa 1840
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