MOVIE PROP MAGNIFYING GLASS
Edwardian, 3 ¼” overall, simulated tortoise with octagonal bezel. Excellent. Until 2001, Ken Paul Ltd. was London's leading film prop supplier. Ken's shop was well known as a treasure trove of fine and eclectic antiques, including the occupied coffin clock used in The Rocky Horror movie, as well as a source for the less extraordinary. For nearly five decades it supplied props for virtually every English movie of note from Lawrence of Arabia to Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone as well as television shows including Masterpiece Theater and more recently, Absolutely Fabulous. As with any business, getting on with the product took precedence, and film credits were maintained for only a few of the thousands of items in his stock. Nonetheless, a keen eye for spotting the items in English films of the period has produced many matches and given great pleasure and amusement to their owners. It is notable that much of the film output of the English industry in the 1970s and 80s was not shown in America as it was deemed too risqué. Perhaps the best example is the Carry On series which produced 31 films from 1958-1992.