C1870, RARE ANTIQUE 19thC FRENCH GOLD AND ENAMEL BINOCULAR STANHOPE CHARM PENDANT. A rare and exceptional antique French gold and purple enamel miniature pendant charm in the form of a pair of binoculars or opera glasses, incorporating two Stanhope viewers and respective microphotographs, dating to the 19th Century, circa 1870. Described at the time as'optical bijou', these items were first introduced by Dagron at the 1859 Paris International Fair, followed by the 1862 London International Fair. These types of optical jewels became known as Stanhopes because they used a modified. Stanhope lens to view the magnified image within the jewellery.
This example includes an image of the Lord's Prayer to one side and a Bible verse to the other - John 4:14 Whosoever drinketh of this water... The pendant charm is gold with. Purple enamel inlaid with gold dots to the central section. A jump ring to the side allows it to be worn as a charm or a pendant. Unmarked as only French 18 carat gold is hallmarked.Tests as at least 9 carat gold. In very good antique condition, without damage or restoration.
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