Vintage Chinese Magnifying Glass With Enamel Cloisonne Bats And Jewels - Signed

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: May 13, 2016
  • Channel: Auction House
On auction is an antique or vintage Chinese magnifying glass. The round frame for the glass has enameled flowers and jewels. It is signed on the edge what might be "MAER". The decorative metal handle has bats at the joint and on the back of the handle. The curved handle has a carved inlay of jade or nephrite. It is 9 1/8" long with a 4 1/4" round top. The handle is 4 3/8" X 1" and the magnifying glass is 3" in diameter. It weighs 7.2 ounces. I am not an expert on Chinese art; so, I took this to my best advisors. First, my jeweler identified the stones as jade, rose quartz, citrine, green quartz, garnet and "maybe lapis".. The metal is a mix of copper with brass and "maybe silver". He called the inlaid stone nephrite. My antique expert told me this is definitely Chinese and dates to the 1920's or earlier.
We all agree that this is in very good condition for it's age and use. There is very little wear on the enamel. The carving in the inlay has a chip at the bottom. The glass is loose with one holder bent and another missing. The glass has a few scratches, but is clear and magnifies beautifully. Please view my photographs for more description. My friend is a collector of many things. She purchased this years ago at an antique store in San Francisco. Now, she is starting to part with some of her treasures, aren't you glad? I will
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