Vintage Kaleidoscope - Seal Harbor by Sue Rioux 2015
From the Joie de Vivre collection*
Part of the Gemstone Collection, Seal Harbor is an exquisite stained glass, 3-mirror kaleidoscope trimmed in copper, glass tubes and a shell adornment. The oil-filled object chamber contains pieces of dichroic glass, beads, shells, coil in various shades of blue ...all swimming together in the deep blue sea. Sue decorated the top side with long glass rods, and finished it with her signature patina that she adds to all her soldering, resulting in a copper effect on the eyepiece end, four little feet, and other adornments.
Easy to hold and breathtaking to view, the oil cell has square glass knobs on either side, affording the viewer an easy turning method. This is truly a gem of a kaleidoscope. It measures 6-1/2" long x 2-1/2" wide and stands 2" tall.
*From 1984 to 2020, Linda Given succeeded to bring a little more "joie" to the world from her retail store Joie de Vivre in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Joie de Vivre was well known for its delightful, clever, beautiful, original and just plain wacky gift items ~ and for its wonderful collection of handcrafted and artistic kaleidoscopes. Joie de Vivre closed its doors in November 2020 after 36 wonderful years. We are honored to bring Linda's remaining inventory to you here. Please continue to check back in as we work to get all the scopes photographed and posted to this area. These are vintage kaleidoscopes that were on display in the store and do show signs of wear.