A fine and complete Philip Carpenter Dr Brewster's pattern kaleidoscope, English,  circa 1825,
Lot 126
A fine and complete Philip Carpenter Dr Brewster's pattern kaleidoscope, English, circa 1825,
Sold for £10,000 (US$ 16,154) inc. premium

Lot Details
A fine and complete Philip Carpenter Dr Brewster's pattern kaleidoscope, English,  circa 1825,
A fine and complete Philip Carpenter Dr Brewster's pattern kaleidoscope, English, circa 1825,
with circular brass disc impressed with the royal coat of arms and lettered DR BREWSTER'S PATENT KALEIDOSCOPE MADE BY P CARPENTER, the mahogany case with lid inset with brass plaque lettered Dr BREWSTERS PATENT KALEIDOSCOPE, opening to silk lined interior fitted with brass and lacquer kaleidoscope tube, repeated impressed makers name and design, twelve discs of various coloured objects and retaining sleeve, the case 7in (18cm) long

Footnotes

  • The eminent Scottish inventor and scientist, Sir David Brewster, patented the kaleidoscope in 1815 whilst conducting experiments on light polarisation. Brewster chose the highly respected achromatic lens developer, Philip Carpenter, as the sole manufacturer of the kaleidoscope in 1817 and he went on to produce a large number of these instruments.
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