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Ref  FS1  Miniature Telescopic Ring

From a private collection, a French gold miniature telescopic 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. Designed as 'toys' or amusements for the wealthy, such miniature telescopes were found concealed in fans and perfume bottles as well as incorporated into pieces of jewellery. The ring is size Q and 1/2 [US 8 and 1/4]. A pendant with telescope is in the British Museum and a similar ring is in the Koch collection. So rare ....

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Our ring with similar telescope ring in the Koch Collection

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