MID TO LATE 19TH CENTURY WOODEN STEREOSCOPE

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Here is an original, antique photographic artifact from mid- to late 19th century that is referred to as a stereoscope. Item measures 12½” long x 3½” high and was a wooden hand-held viewing device that made images appear three-dimensional to a user when looking at early stereocards. These hard, pasteboard cards, 7” long x 3” high, had two of the same photo image glued side-by-side on the card and were published during the era by a number of photograph galleries through out the US, including Mumper & Co. of Gettysburg, PA. .

Maker-marked stereoscope is constructed of fine old hardwood with a long, narrow platform that supports a partially enclosed viewing glass and a stereocard holder. Secured to base of platform is a short spindle that serves as a handle while viewing card. Device is stamped on base with maker’s and patent marks embossed in the wood. Glass viewing area is wrapped in burlwood veneer and riveted in place. Stereocard holder consists of two brass wire loops imbedded in the outer ends of the cross limbs. One set of loops protrudes through the wood. A very fine stereoscope photo viewing artifact.

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