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Stereoscope

Stereoscope

  • Place of origin:

    United States (made)

  • Date:

    1901 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    underwood and underwood (manufacturer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Oak, tin, glass and velvet

  • Museum number:

    E.27-2000

  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, room 122b, case 3

  • Image in copyright

Object Type
This stereoscope is typical of those used in Victorian homes for education and amusement. Stereographs were placed in the holder and then adjusted until the viewer saw the three dimensional effect. The strereograph is made from two photographs of the same subject taken from slightly different angles. An illusion of perspective and depth is achieved when the two images combine as seen through the stereoscope.

Materials & Making
Various types of stereoscopes were devised in the 19th century. This particular hand-held variety, based on a design by the inventor Oliver Wendell Holmes, was perhaps the most readily available and the simplest.

Place of Origin

United States (made)

Date

1901 (made)

Artist/maker

underwood and underwood (manufacturer)

Materials and Techniques

Oak, tin, glass and velvet

Marks and inscriptions

Stamped: SUN SCULPTURE / U&U/ TRADEMARK / MAN'F'D BY / UNDERWOOD & UNDERWOOD / NEW YORK / PATENTED JUNE 11, 1901 / FOREIGN PATENTS / APPLIED FOR

Object history note

Stereoscope made by Underwood & Underwood, New York, U.S.A.

Descriptive line

Victorian stereoscope, made by Underwood and Underwood, 1901, New York

Labels and date

British Galleries:
STEREOSCOPE AND STEREOGRAPHS
Various dates, 1854-1901

This stereoscope is typical of those used in Victorian homes for education and amusement. Stereographs (paired photographs taken from slightly different angles) were placed in the holder and then adjusted until the viewer saw the scene in three dimensions. [27/03/2003]

Materials

Glass; Oak; Velvet; Tin

Categories

British Galleries; Science; Photographs

Collection code

PDP

Qr_O39988
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