Antique Wooden Kaleidoscope Era 19th Century. Very Rare kaleidoscope
This one was obtained by a Camera Collector Mr Quinn Who Purchased it from a sale in Edinburgh Scotland. We at kaleidoscopes To You purchased this kaleidoscope directly from Mr Quinn as we had never seen this model thus far.
When Inquiring about this kaleidoscope Mr Quinn wrote to Alison Morrison-Low the Principal Curator, Historic Scientific Instruments and Photography National Museums Scotland Edinburgh and got this reply
"Dear Mr Quinn It is a pity that your kaleidoscope is not stamped with a maker’s name – we have an example, somewhat similar, which is stamped by the Edinburgh maker BRYSON, EDINR. Bryson was a scientific instrument maker, based in Princes Street during the late nineteenth century, and you can see that the eyepiece is made of brass. However, the fact that your example is made entirely of wood makes me think that possibly it was constructed by someone for his own amusement , and it certainly looks robust enough to have survived a good century or so. The revolving disc, inside the piece, appears to have lost all the objects which would have made it a kaleidoscope. I hope that this helps.
Best wishes Alison Morrison-Low Dr A.D. Morrison-Low Principal Curator, Historic Scientific Instruments and Photography National Museums Scotland Edinburgh "
Note in overall great condition. There are some paint splatters on the exterior wood housing. The origional 2 mirror system is still complete and displays a nice round mandala image similar in inage to her Bush style kaleidoscopes of 1874 forward.