WWI British Stanhope / Pencil .303 Bullet Case of Memory of Hastings
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Souvenir from France using an original WWI bullet drilled to fit a small glass lens showing A Memory of Hastings. This particular specimen is made using a 1915 dated 303 bullet casing which is marked VII K15. The embedded “Stanhope” lens (an extremely small glass bead with black and white photographic images) shows A Memory of Hastings which features On The Beach, The Pier, Fairlight Glen, The Albert Memorial The Gateway Battle Abbey, & The Lovers Seat. Made in France.
Stanhopes or Stanho-scopes are optical devices that enable the viewing of microphotographs. A Stanhope lens is a simple, one-piece microscope invented by Charles, the third Earl of Stanhope. It is a cylinder of glass with each end curved outwards, one being more convex than the other. Because its construction is simple and economical, it was popular in the 19th century.
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