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I am trying to find some information and a very special stereoscope called the Clairvoyant and enclosed in a box named the Swan's Stereoscopic Treasury. Any help is welcome. Thank you

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Comment by Jonathan Ross on Tuesday

The viewer is described and illustrated on pp33-34 of  Paul Wing's definitive history, Stereoscopes, The First One Hundred Years. If you email me at, I can send you a scan.

Wing mentions that it is Patent #2644, November 20, 1858, which you may find helpful.

Comment by Michael Pritchard on September 19, 2022 at 14:02

Dick Weindling has done some research on Alfred W Bennett which may be of interest. His resferences are attached.

Probate statement  1902%20probate.JPG

A W Bennett from Wikiwand Alfred%20William%20Bennett%20-%20Wikiwand.pdf

Obituary from the Proceedings of the Linnean Society (2 pages) Proceedings%20of%20the%20Linnean%20Society%20of%20London%20-%20Page... and second page: Proceedings%20of%20the%20Linnean%20Society%20of%20London%20-%20Page...

Comment by Graham Wood on September 14, 2022 at 22:25

I do have one of these sets , it is not for sale , but if i can help in any way in your research or if you are in the UK and wish to see it , you are welcome

Graham wood

Comment by Rob Tooley on September 14, 2022 at 11:02

The address of A W Bennett - 5 Bishopsgate Without - is the same address as on Swan's 1858 patent for the stereoscope.

Comment by Michael Pritchard on September 13, 2022 at 20:31

From North & South Shields Gazette and Northumberland and Durham Advertiser - Thursday 22 September 1859

Comment by Rob Tooley on September 13, 2022 at 8:12

Patent abridgement attached (hoprfully).


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