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Sofia Cole
Sofia Cole • 2 years ago

Gold quizzing glass with locket in handle. Lens surround is alternately chased and plain, with an inner ring of twisted rope design. Handle of floral-chased ball and engined-turned round locket that opens to show woven hair beneath a glass cover. Swivel-mounted loop echoes decoration of lens outer surround. Oval magnifying lens. 3 ¼" long. c1815.

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