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Stereoscope

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Object is a handheld stereoscope, used for viewing 3-D slides. Stereoviewer is made by Underwood & Underwood of New York. The viewer has two lenses at a set distance in an aluminum frame. The frame is marked 'Sun Sculpture U&U trade mark' on the top outside and also has a decorative design on either side of the manufacturers mark. Its frame, where one's face is inserted, is bordered with golden brown felt to cushion against the metal edge. The aluminum frame has a wood (appears to be walnut) slat that acts as a base or support for the contraption. At the end of the is another, smaller rounded slat that is attached by a metal cross piece underneath and has 2 heavy wire clips that are designed to hold the stereoscopic viewing cards. This piece has been designed to slide back and forth in a horizontal fashion to allow for more accurate focusing. Another piece of slender walnut has been placed against the aluminum frame and base piece to allow for stability as well as cutting the viewer's sight in half, helping to create a 3 dimensional image. A fenial shaped wooden handle is located under the the aluminum frame and can fold back towards the user to allow for more practical storage. Stamped into the botton near the handle is text that reads "Man'F'D By Underwood & Underwood New York Patented June 11, 1901 Foreign Patents Applied For". This is a Holmes type stereoscope, named after its inventor, Oliver Wendell Holmes (1860). These devices first became popular in the middle of the 19th century.

Location:
3500 Shamrock Dr,North Carolina,Charlotte,28215
Identifier:
2010.015.003

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