Old World Kaleidoscope
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Scottish scientist Sir David Brewster accidentally invented the kaleidoscope in 1816 while studying light polarization. With this iteration of his “beautiful form watcher” look inside this Old World Kaleidoscope and marvel at reflected patterns superimposing an old-world map. Plastic and brass-plated metal. Wooden stand. 8"l. x 2"dia.
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