Neat Discoveries

Very unusual pince nez, folding nosebridge, late 19th century, perhaps unique since no others like this have ever been seen
Very unusual pince nez, folding nosebridge, late 19th century, perhaps unique since no others like this have ever been seen
Oval tortoiseshell magnifying glass case with silver mounts, both sides inlaid with Punch and Judy figures in mother-of-pearl, gold and silver bordered by scattered silver pellets, the glass framed in silver, 2½ in.wide, c. 1720, copyright Christie’s Images Ltd. 2008
Oval tortoiseshell magnifying glass case with silver mounts, both sides inlaid with Punch and Judy figures in mother-of-pearl, gold and silver bordered by scattered silver pellets, the glass framed in silver, 2½ in.wide, c. 1720, copyright Christie’s Images Ltd. 2008
An unidentified officer, Regiment of Bombay Horse Artillery, oil on canvas, English School, (19th century), anonymous, negative no. 730, c. 1840, National Army Museum, London
An unidentified officer, Regiment of Bombay Horse Artillery, oil on canvas, English School, (19th century), anonymous, negative no. 730, c. 1840, National Army Museum, London
Fabulous spyglass perfume bottle, 18 K gold, enamel and pearl-set, built-in watch and music box, mainspring signed Carrosale, Geneva, circa 1809, from an Antiquarum Auctioneers 2000 auction.  Only one nearly similar is known to exist
Fabulous spyglass perfume bottle, 18 K gold, enamel and pearl-set, built-in watch and music box, mainspring signed Carrosale, Geneva, circa 1809, from an Antiquarum Auctioneers 2000 auction. Only one nearly similar is known to exist
Burt & Willard folding spectacles, Museum of Vision, Foundation of the AAO, very rare.  Like the ones President Abraham Lincoln had in his pockets the evening of his assassination, April 1865.
Burt & Willard folding spectacles, Museum of Vision, Foundation of the AAO, very rare. Like the ones President Abraham Lincoln had in his pockets the evening of his assassination, April 1865.

Abraham Lincoln’s Eyeglasses: A Fresh Look Reveals a World-Class
Treasure

The Two Greatest Anachronisms (Includes 4 Slideshows)

The Madame Heymann Optical Collection-Rediscovered (16 Slideshows plus three Key Charts)

Edward Scarlett Trade Card (three slideshows)

Well of Moses

Gnalic Shipwreck (two slideshows)

Varaždin Blacksmith Guild's Box

 


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In the course of developing and growing this educational website many images arrive for evaluation every month. Each photo is described and dated while those specifically from institutions always receive their proper credit line. Curators are now beginning to search deeper into storage areas with more knowing eyes. At the same time recognition of our project is going well beyond the larger institutions. Smaller, less known museums and historic sites are now starting to participate in our efforts regarding this “taken for granted” topic.

The direct result of all this has been a very small group of photos which are quite different and distinct from all the rest. These have particular significance because either the images have deeper history or they simply call for much further analysis, research, and discussion. These select objects frequently have quite an interesting story behind them which distinguishes them from the much larger majority. In some cases we have learned new details while regarding several others unanswered questions remain. Further evaluation will eventually bring about a better understanding and the additional discussion and answers can lead to final closure. This research or “detective work” adds much personal enjoyment for me to this entire endeavor.

Essentially the few objects presented here are examples which can initiate and stimulate dialogue. This preliminary exchange will lead to a more formal type of FORUM on this website in the coming year where interested collectors, historians, researchers, curators and others can meet online to exchange scholarly ideas. People will be able to contribute their knowledge. Questions raised by one individual will likely be answered by another. A healthy medium can be created where an intellectual interchange will occur. Each person has the potential to become further educated by learning from another interested individual.

This new feature for the website, introduced here in mid 2006, will likely develop into a yearly webpage because much history abounds and this website is slowly expanding. The research of this project has begun to uncover optical treasures of all sorts. The special examples presented here are for you to enjoy. These may promote additional interest and if you have ideas you wish to share regarding any of these objects please send an email.
If you have an image that you believe deserves similar recognition then certainly send it in. In this same manner it will be shared and enjoyed by others.


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