Turtle with Magnifying Glass a little creature that is charming as well as useful desk accessory. In excellent vintage condition no chips or cracks. Wear consistent with age and use.
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MATERIALS: Brass and glass
DIMENSIONS: 1" H x 3" W x 4" L
ORIGIN: Unmarked, unknown
CIRCA: 20th Century
FACTS & HISTORY: The evidence indicates that the use of lenses was widespread throughout the Middle East and the Mediterranean basin over several millennia. The earliest explicit written evidence of a magnifying device is a joke in Aristophanes's The Clouds from 424 BC, where magnifying lenses to ignite tinder were sold in a pharmacy, and Pliny the Elder's "lens", a glass globe filled with water, used to cauterize wounds. (Seneca wrote that it could be used to read letters "no matter how small or dim". A convex lens used for forming a magnified image was described in the Book of Optics by Ibn al-Haytham in 1021. After the book was translated during the Latin translations of the 12th century, Roger Bacon described the properties of a magnifying glass in 13th-century England. This was followed by the development of eyeglasses in 13th-century Italy.