This is a very fine example of a "Quizzing Glass" popular with men as well as woman from the 18th century through the 19th. It was generally worn on a long ribbon or chain and became a very popular fashionable accessory. It was held up to the eye to enable closer scrutiny of an object or person.
This example has especially beautiful, intricate gold work. The patina is original and rich. Of note is the fine detailing of the four flowers in each corner of the lens which is finished in a pale hint of green gold. Multi-colored gold was used in the best examples of antique jewels. The stem of the quizzing glass is also unusual and has a raised cage effect and the glass has a perimeter of reeded gold. . Both the front and back are identical. The glass is clear and in excellent condition.
It measures 3 inches long X 1 1/2 inches across the bottom.
It has been electronically tested to be 15 karat gold around the glass and 12 karat gold on the handle.
The condition is superb.
So elegant worn casually or for dress.
England, circa 1850