Gear Drive #4

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"Gear Drive #4" is a one-of-a-kind motor drive kaleidoscope by J.R. Beall.  This scope is made of old Figured Maple with Ebony trim.  It has a counter rotating barrel and object case and uses a 12 volt motor powered by a DC converter.  The barrel of the scope rotates in one direction and the object case rotates in the opposite direction.  The object case is mounted on three ball bearings and held in place with neodymium magnets.  The object case is removable and can be opened to install whatever objects the viewer desires.  This scope was started in 2002 and finished in 2003.  This scope has a 2-mirror 8-point system, the object case is dry, side- and end-lit, and includes lampworked glass, fluid-filled ampules and millefiori.  This scope on the stand measures 16"T x 12" x 12".  The barrel of the scope is 11"L x 3-1/2" in diameter.  The scope is signed by the artist and dated 2003.