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Lot # 38 (of 1137)   < Previous Lot | Next Lot >

Extraordinary Circa 1880s Cabinet-Card Viewer

Starting Bid - $200, Sold For - $1,185

Fascinating nineteenth-century cabinet-card viewer, offering both a large magnifier and stereoscope lenses. The elegant wood viewer, with lacquered exterior, is comprised of three compartments which unfold to allow both the base and lens panel to be propped up for optimum viewing. The interior middle panel provides a stand upon which the card rests. The fact that this viewer accommodates both regular and stereoscopic cabinet cards makes it especially unusual. Given its elegant and elaborate construction, this viewer was almost certainly quite costly, and was likely found only in very affluent homes of the day. This is the first example of its kind that we have ever seen and one that would be a perfect complement to any advanced cabinet-card or stereoscope-card collection. The viewer (9 x 5 x 3.5 inches; folded) displays only minor wear to the exterior and is in Excellent to Mint condition overall. Together with a circa 1880s baseball cabinet card of a player in a "Norwalk" uniform who is identified on the front as "C. Larkin/2d Base." The photographer's credit, "G. S. North, South Norwalk, Ct.," appears on both the base of the mount and the reverse (Ex). Reserve $200. Estimate $400+. SOLD FOR $1,185

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