Victorian 14k Gold Looking / Quizzing Glass part of our Fine Estate Jewelry Collection, this 14k yellow gold Magnifying Glass pendant is as beautiful as well as functional. It has exquisite handmade detailing on the handle and is in very good condition for age and use. It's simple shape makes a beautiful and useful pendant to be worn on a chain as a charm.
An iconic old world Victorian collectors piece that will add fabulous character to your collection. Wear it alone or layer with other pieces to create a dramatic statement piece.
Shown on a chain for display purposes only, each piece is sold individually so that you can customize your own collection.
The antique and original watch chain shown in the photo is not included but is available separately for sale.
It is not hallmarked, but has been professionally tested as 14k gold.
Please look at photos carefully the magnifying glass has scratches as would be expected for its age. We feel they do not adversely affect its appearance or use.
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MEASUREMENTS: 3" L x 1.5" W x .25" D, total weight 11.47 gm
FACTS & HISTORY: Victorian magnifying glasses also called quizzing glasses were created to be worn as jewelry. A “quizzing glass” was a single magnifying lens on a handle which generally dangled at the end of a chain around the neck and was held up to the eye to “quiz” stare, glance, look at ...enable closer scrutiny of the object in view.
Magnifying glasses often were worn by women as pendants, brooches, or on chatelaines. Since 19th century women were not allowed to wear spectacles in public, these portable magnifying glasses became incredibly popular during the period as a result.
The quizzing glass is not to be confused with the lorgnette, which has two lenses, and more often than not a correctable (prescription) lens rather than a simple magnifier. A monocle is also a single-lens device but is meant to fit into the eye socket and therefore does not have the longer handle of the quizzing glass, which was held in front of the eye.