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1889 Hand Held Stereoviewer - Early Version Of White's Stereo-graphoscope For Sale
Original, 1889, finely made, Walnut and Brass, hand-held Stereopticon Viewer / Stereoscope with quite unique features we have never seen before. We believe that this wonderful, hand held Stereo Viewer is a very early version of H. C. White’s “Stereo-Graphoscope”. It measures approx. 7 1/2" long overall (when fully compressed) and 10 1/2" long when the card holder is fully extended. It features an adjustable card holder with finely crafted, metal "sleeve" type extension connector, a folding, walnut handle and wooden eyepieces that can be rotated to facilitate focusing, and has a copyright date of April 23, 1889.
This Viewer is very well made and the arm which holds the mount for the Stereo Card being viewed is adjustable so that the image can be brought into razor sharp focus regardless of the viewer's strength of eyesight. This mount slides smoothly in and out, traveling within a shaped, metal "sleeve". The wire card holders fold inward for storage and the eyepieces have wooden "handles" and iron "stops" that allow them to be rotated within a limited range. Please see the scans below for views of this oddly constructed Stereoviewer. While we have handled literally 100’s of Stereoviewers / Stereoscopes over the past 33+ years, we have never come across this particular design and believe it to be very rare.
While the Viewer is neither dated nor signed by the manufacturer it is very similar in design to the H. C. White “Stereo-Graphoscope” except that the wooden eye pieces and small wooden “button” type “stops on those eyepieces and much more primitive than any White viewer of this type we have ever encountered.
This rare and fascinating, Hand Held Stereoscope is in good to very good condition. The cowling / shade that surrounds the eyepieces has damage and loss to the outer layer of the wood veneer. One of the wooden eyepieces also lacks the small, turned wooden button type "stop" that limits its rotation (see the scans below). Otherwise the Viewer is complete and intact and an exceptionally interesting design that we have never encountered before!!!
A rare and fascinating, 1889, Hand-Held Stereopticon Viewer / Stereoscope of a very rare design believed to be a very early version of H. C. White’s “Stereo-Graphoscope” and a fantastic addition to any Collection!!!
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1889 Hand Held Stereoviewer - Early Version Of White's Stereo-graphoscope: $77