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1860's Mahogany Tabletop Mechanical Stereoviewer / Stereoscope Beckers-type #2 For Sale
Very Rare and wonderful, 1860's mahogany Table Top Mechanical Beckers-Type Stereoviewer / Stereoscope used to view daguerreotype or glass Stereoviews as well as standard, early card mount Stereoviews.
This beautiful, mid 19th century, Tabletop Viewer measures approx. 10" by 10" at the base and 18" tall. It is made entirely of close grain mahogany with stereo eyepieces that can be focused by drawing them out from the body of the Viewer using a rack and pinion mechanism activated by knobs on the sides of the Viewer. The distance between the lenses can also be changed using a similar rack and pinion mechanism also operated using knobs on each side of the viewer. This Tabletop Viewer can hold 50 Stereoviews on a revolving, internal mechanism that is operated using knobs on the right and left hand sides of the body of the Viewer
The Viewer carries no makers mark or label but is of the type known to collectors as a "Becker Style" Stereoscope. The interior of this type of viewer holds a number of Stereoview Photographs in mounts on a belt. When the knob on the side is turned the Photos come into view one at a time. The Viewer offered here includes all 50 of the original, wire frame internal Stereoview holders - the belt is intact and approx 5 of the holders lack only the wire frames that secure the Views in place. The internal mechanism is fully assembled and is in need of adjustment only for the View holders to advance properly as the knobs are turned.
This rare and wonderful, Tabletop Mechanical Becker Style Stereoviewer / Stereoscope / Stereopticon is in good to very good condition. The Viewer lacks one of the two viewing lenses as can be seen in the scans below. Otherwise it is complete. One of the two hinged doors at the top of the Viewer which can be opened to admit light for viewing card mount of daguerreotype stereoviews has some chipping at the edge but otherwise the wooden elements of the Viewer are intact and well preserved. The Viewer retains its original, highly polished surface finish and appears to have never been refinished or altered in any way.
A very rare and very beautiful, 1860's mahogany Table Top Mechanical "Becker Style" Stereoviewer / Stereoscope and a fantastic addition to any Collection!!
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