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Chinese Export Silver Jade Magnifying Glass

This magnifying glass was just too beautiful to resist… the silver work… repoussé leaves and flowers set with six 19th century jade buttons – on each side.

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11-05-03 Chinese Export Silver Jade Magnifying Glass

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The handle uses a piece of carved jade that probably was a hair pin originally … supported on the other side by silver engraved with leaves and flowers.

We have seen photos of 19th century hair ornaments that contain 60 – 200 jade buttons… and clever Chinese silversmith’s have found a way to redesign hair ornaments for the Western market.

A classic… and still beautiful after 100 years.

[ photos by: RP (Bob) Birt ]

Singapore RE 2.5.2