This is a great piece, a Victorian kaleidoscope still in full working order. It is cylinderical in shape tapering up to the eye piece.The wooden casing is in alternating dark and light woods to give a striking appearance.
It measures 24cm h x 10cm w at the base.
It works by shaking the piece and different patterns appear.
The kaleidoscope was invented in 1816 by a Scottish scientist called Sir David Brewster. He patented his invention in 1817 and named it 'kaleidoscope' after three Greek words: 'kalos', meaning 'beautiful', 'eidos', meaning 'form' and 'scopos', meaning watcher.
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