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Peep egg viewer of Weymouth, Dorset.

Great Britain, ca. 1855.
Physical Description:
1 item : painted alabaster and glass ; 62 mm in diameter, 110 mm long
Rare Books and Manuscripts
TS513 .P4 1855 Flat
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Public Domain
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Peep egg viewers, also called alabaster eggs, were sold as souvenirs from the mid-nineteenth century onward.
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Peep egg viewer with three different images that can be displayed by rotating a spindle passing through the device. There are two circular wood-engraved scenes of Weymouth, depicting the "Weymouth Royal Terrace" and "Weymouth" (beach and promenade). The third panel shows actual tiny rocks and minerals--probably intended to remind the tourist of a pleasant afternoon's collecting along the edge of the sea. The cylindrical body of the viewer is made of opaque alabaster, on a waisted stem, the outside painted with flowers and the inscription "From a Friend."
Subject Terms:
Peep shows -- Specimens.
Weymouth (Dorset, England) -- Pictorial works.
Optical instruments.
Peep eggs.
Wood engravings -- 1855.
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