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Title(s):

Fenby's patent Panteidoscope.

Additional Title(s):

Panteidoscope

Published/Created:
[London?] : [publisher not identified], [ca. 1885]
Physical Description:
1 optical instrument ; 9 x 8 x 8 cm
Holdings:
Rare Books and Manuscripts
TS513 .F46 1885 Flat
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Fund
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Copyright Status:
Copyright Information
Classification:
Three-Dimensional Artifacts
Notes:
"Perry & Co.'s latest novelty. Fenby's patent Panteidoscope. Lay the strip of coloured designs on a table; then pass one end in at the horizontal slit in the back of the instrument and under the bar at the front. Draw the slip backwards and forwards, and the most beautiful variations of colour and design will be seen in the mirrors. N.B.: This instrument should face a bright light. With this instrument endless amusement and instruction may be secured by collecting all kinds of coloured scraps, such as Christmas cards, old valentines, coloured borders from almanacks, natural flower leaves, birds, feathers, &c. &c. These should be cut to suitable sizes, and be neatly mounted on a strip of paper. Price one shilling each."--Perry & Co.'s Illustrated price current, April 5, 1882, p. 114.
The patentee may be the English mechanical engineer and inventor, Joseph Beverly Fenby (1841-1903).
Optical toy based on multiple reflections (via mirrors), akin to a kaleidoscope. The device is constructed of wood, printed tin plate, twin mirrors set a 75° angle, and a slot for inserting assorted images. It is accompanied by the original strip of 14 chromolithographed patterns and images, to be fed through the slot.
Form/Genre:
Optical instruments.
Optical toys.
Recreations -- Great Britain.
Chromolithographs -- 1885.
Contributors:
Fenby, J. Beverly.
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