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Molly replied to stephen cole's discussion Unusual Eyeglass instrument Photographic? in the group Whadja Find Today
"https://irlen.com/ This is what I have been thinking about but jost now remembered the name! Either this concept or for color blindness is my guess."
May 15
stephen cole replied to stephen cole's discussion Unusual Eyeglass instrument Photographic? in the group Whadja Find Today
" Hi  Tom   I described the instrument as horn and have hot tested it, it is definitely horn.  Still haven't managed to confirm it's usage yet.... Cheers  Steve"
May 12
tomsantiquesetcetera replied to stephen cole's discussion Unusual Eyeglass instrument Photographic? in the group Whadja Find Today
"Doesn't look like bone to me, maybe bakelite?  To test dip handle in hot (not boiling) water for 2-3 seconds. If it smells oily it's bakelite which is highly collected and more valuable."
May 12
Molly replied to stephen cole's discussion Unusual Eyeglass instrument Photographic? in the group Whadja Find Today
May 9
stephen cole replied to stephen cole's discussion Unusual Eyeglass instrument Photographic? in the group Whadja Find Today
"thanks Paula   Definitely a possibility    Cheers   Steve"
May 9
paula replied to stephen cole's discussion Unusual Eyeglass instrument Photographic? in the group Whadja Find Today
"to test for color blindness?"
May 9
stephen cole added a discussion to the group Whadja Find Today
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Unusual Eyeglass instrument Photographic?

I purchased this unusual folding pocket multi lens viewer which is made of horn. It folds up like a conventional magnifier or eyeglass. It has 6 separate sections with different coloured glass in each and one has a multi faceted clear glass. Being horn I thought it would most likely be pre 1920's and the lenses hint of photographic filters but I am not sure.    This is something I have not seen before and I would appreciate your opinions on the instrument..   Thanks   Steve ColeSee More
May 8
stephen cole replied to stephen cole's discussion INTERESTING UNKNOWN SILVER MOUNTED SEEDPOD in the group Whadja Find Today
"Thanks Tom   Never seen one before, I guess not many things make their way from argentina to Australia - Still an interesting item.....Thanks for your help with that...Much appreciated         Steve"
Jun 26, 2017
tomsantiquesetcetera replied to stephen cole's discussion INTERESTING UNKNOWN SILVER MOUNTED SEEDPOD in the group Whadja Find Today
"Mate' (maa-tay), Argentina. It's a gourd, not a nut. 800 silver is the lowest amount of silver allowed in some countries. In USA sterling is 925 but other countries use lesser amounts. Usually one has a sterling silver straw which is used…"
Jun 26, 2017
stephen cole added a discussion to the group Whadja Find Today
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INTERESTING UNKNOWN SILVER MOUNTED SEEDPOD

Bought this interesting little item at a local market on the weekend and thought I would share it with you all to find out what it may have been used for and where it could have possibly been made?   it measures about 3 1/2 inches high, The body of the object is some type of seed pod which has a .800 grade silver cap ( marked 800) with gold high lights as shown - The seed pod has a well inscribed picture of a cowboy type figure riding a horse behind 2 cows towards a low house with trees, birds…See More
Jun 25, 2017
stephen cole replied to stephen cole's discussion iNTERESTING MYSTERY ITEM in the group Whadja Find Today
"Yes I agree. Definitely some form of fire starter / igniter.  I still think that bottom end may have something to do with striking. when you remove the cap it makes sense that it would gravitate to the base of the tube, the chain is the right…"
Jul 25, 2016
tomsantiquesetcetera replied to stephen cole's discussion iNTERESTING MYSTERY ITEM in the group Whadja Find Today
"Can't say. The fact that it's not steel or iron only rules out that it wasn't used to strike flint.  I still think it's a fire starter."
Jul 25, 2016
stephen cole replied to stephen cole's discussion iNTERESTING MYSTERY ITEM in the group Whadja Find Today
" No it doesnt stick, so thats out...I wonder why that end is damaged....?"
Jul 24, 2016
tomsantiquesetcetera replied to stephen cole's discussion iNTERESTING MYSTERY ITEM in the group Whadja Find Today
"You say it's bronze, and I think bronze DOESN'T emit sparks which is why it's used in mining. I'd like to know if a magnet sticks to the damaged end.  If it does stick, that part is steel or iron. If it doesn't stick…"
Jul 24, 2016
tomsantiquesetcetera replied to stephen cole's discussion iNTERESTING MYSTERY ITEM in the group Whadja Find Today
"Flint is a rock that causes sparks when struck by steel. The sparks ignite gunpowder, wool, or lighter fluid.  Flints wear out (disintegrate) rather quickly and have to be replaced.  I would guess the damaged end was used to strike the…"
Jul 22, 2016
stephen cole replied to stephen cole's discussion iNTERESTING MYSTERY ITEM in the group Whadja Find Today
"Thanks Vicki and Tom....I have uploaded a image of the other end of the barrel where the chain attaches. That end appears to look like it has been hit against something...Might be onto something!.....Steve"
Jul 22, 2016

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