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    Posted 6 years ago

    Bluboi
    (103 items)

    Miniature Telescopic Ring
    French
    Circa 1820

    A French gold ring, circa 1820, which pulls open to reveal a so-called Galilean telescope with a combination of a convex or converging lens and a dispersing lens. The first telescopes were not very powerful and it wasn't until Galileo developed the combined lens system in 1580, that significant magnification was possible.

    Designed as 'toys' or amusements for the wealthy in the 18th and 19th centuries, these miniature telescopes became very popular, especially during the Napoleonic era. As curiosities, they were found hidden in fans and perfume bottles as well as in pieces of jewelry.

    A pendant with telescope is in the British Museum and a similar ring is in the Koch collection "Rings, The Alice and Louis Koch Collection" page 445 .

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    Comments

    1. Lambda55, 6 years ago
      What is the metal ?
    2. Bluboi Bluboi, 6 years ago
      The ring is made of gold, but I don't know the exact carat.
    3. Lambda55, 6 years ago
      Ya gota get a Loup !
      I'd say 14k anyways !
      I love the concept of the construction !
      I want an amusing ring ! So I and all my friends family neighbors and pets can take part in seeing me being amused !
      Sorry ! Jk ing ! Quirky lil'. Thing isn't it !?
      Was it costly ?
    4. Bluboi Bluboi, 6 years ago
      I have lots of loupes, but no gold testing materials. Ring has no marks. Yes, agree it is at least 14K, perhaps 15K.
    5. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Great! A stunning curiosity amateur's item, Bluboi!
    6. vetraio50 vetraio50, 6 years ago
      WONDERFUL !!!!!
    7. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 6 years ago
      Spectacular and so rare, loving your series of "Amusing rings for the wealthy"

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