This is a Vintage Wood and Brass Van Cort Dragonfly Kaleidoscope. Up for auction is The Dragonfly, a small kaleidoscope made in 1987 in the USA by Van Cort Instruments. It is not a traditional kaleidoscope with little bits of colored glass but a multi-prism that gives you 24 images of whatever you are looking at. The concept of this odd and curious dioptric scope was first experimented with in George Washington's time. Our multi-prism lens gives the voyeur 24 upright images of anything viewed. This miniature instrument's bell-shaped casing is made of layers of dyed birch which are laminated together with special method. It should be noted, if you have a keen eye, that this device has been signed and dated on the brass lens retainer ring. You will find that there is an endless fascination to the multiple witnesses of simultaneous upright images...once, perhaps, unique only to a dragonfly. This piece measures 2 ¼ inches tall. Please see additional photos for greater detail and condition of this Dragonfly.
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Category: Collectibles and Memorabilia