Engine Turned Monocular
Engine Turned Monocular
Engine Turned Monocular

Engine Turned Monocular

c. 1830 England

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£525 gbp
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A fine gilt brass and engine turned ivory monocular by Philip Carpenter. English circa 1830.
Philip Carpenter was born in Kidderminster, Worcestershire on 18th November 1776 and had a brilliant optical understanding.
In just 25 years he led the world in both magic lantern projection and microscopical magnification. Much evidence of this survives in examples of his work and in records of his public ‘Microcosm’ exhibition which achieved great celebrity during the reign of King George the Fourth. Having begun his career in the Birmingham optical trade in Inge Street in 1808, Carpenter made a sudden and expensive re-location to the heart of London in July 1826. He died at Regent Street on 30th April 1833 and the business was continued by his sister Mary in partnership with William Westley.
This monocular is engraved to the sliding tube "Carpenter 24 Regent Street London."
External Height 3.00 inch (7.62 cm)
Diameter 2.00 (5.08 cm)
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5 Commonwealth Buildings
Woolwich Church Street
SE18 5NS

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