In the Georgian/Regency period it was very fashionable 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 example is an oval quizzing glass with a decorative handle. It is decorated with chasing. The lower section of the handle has a ball feature which is a slightly different colour to the rest of the piece and it all appears to test at approximately 9 carat gold. The glass appears to be original to the piece and the overall condition is very good 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 2.75 ins (7cm). Weight 12 grams. This item appears in my book, “How the Watch was Worn, A Fashion for 500 Years” on page 217.