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Quizzing glass, cased, France, 1800-1820

Science Museum, London


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Quizzing glasses were popular in the 1700s and 1800s. This type of quizzer glass has a ring at the end to attach the spectacle to a cord or a ribbon. This was then worn around the neck, so the glass was readily available. The quizzer glass has a short, gold-plated handle and a small lens. The ornate decoration and use of gold plate indicate a wealthy owner wanting to make a fashion statement. Spectacles were increasingly common in the 1700s. Designs such as the quizzer spectacle allowed wealthier and elite members of society to distinguish themselves from the lower classes. maker: Unknown maker Place made: France



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