In the Georgian/Regency period it was de rigueur to wear long chains with a quizzing eyeglass at the end. Such a feature can be seen in fashion plates of the day (see an example amongst our images). This quizzing glass is of rectangular shape with an original glass which magnifies. This is attached to a decorative handle – the lower segment has a lavender glass or amethyst stone on one side and a probable carnelian on the other. Above this is a decorative swiveling six-sided feature with perforations through which a long chain would be attached. The surrounding metal tests for 9 carat gold and the piece is in very good condition for age. This would make a lovely addition to a collection of eye glasses or would greatly enhance, with the appropriate chain, your Jane Austen-era reconstructed outfit. If one of the Regency gowns on this site were acquired, one could make a most authentic display! Maximum length 3.1 ins (7.7cm). Weight 18 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 217.
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