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Victorian, 1830s to 1900s


Stanhope Quill Pen

Size Guide

Made of carved wood, this antique quill pen has three stanhopes. It is hand carved and depicts a stalk with three flowers and leaves. Each flower center is a stanhope. It is very likely it a Black Forrest, Germany, carving.

The stanhope is a tiny lens that is set into things, jewelry included. Behind each tiny lens, there is a tiny image. The curve of the glass magnifies the image. If you look through it as you would with a loupe, through a single eye close enough for your eyes to focus. It's a really cool invention. It dates from the 1800's.

Sadly, only the top stanhope image remains. It is an image of Lausanne, Switzerland. These tiny images were glued so after all these years, they come off and are lost to time.

The quill is about 8" long. One leaf lost its tip but it is not obvious.The tip is gold tone, some are solid gold but there are no markings on this one.

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Size Chart

This information is intended to help you understand our sizing methods.

Please note many small measurements are in millimeters. It is a Jewelry Industry standard for accuracy.

You can download and print the Ring Sizing Chart. Make sure to follow the directions closely for best accuracy. Most rings can be re-sized unless otherwise noted. The cost of sizing is not included, please inquire with ring information and size required for an estimate.

Our model's hand is approximately 5" wide or 12 cm as seen in this image: 

Our Estate Jewelry measuring guide - model's hand.

We measure bracelets based on their wearable length, not the actual length. We do this because chunky bracelets will have a smaller wearable length than the actual length as the thickness of the bracelet reduces the internal measurement. If at any time you would like the actual length and is not in the description, please feel free to contact us.

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