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Tiny clear plastic 'linen tester' magnifier, 8X15 lens

Tiny clear plastic 'linen tester' magnifier, 8X15 lens


Price: (4 or fewer items) 1.50 Including VAT
Price: (5 to 9 items) 1.43 Including VAT
Price: (10 to 19 items) 1.26 Including VAT
Price: (20 or more items) 1.20 Including VAT



Clear plastic, lens diameter 15mm, magnification 8X, base has lines measuring both inches and mm (to 15mm or 0.5'')

Limited quantity (see above for the quantity in stock) - once these are gone, there are no more.

Read all about magnification and how to choose a magnifier, click here.

We have a calculator that shows you the working distance for any magnification, or the magnification for any working distance (Excel format), click here.

This is a very low value item. We have a minimum order charge of 7.50 (6.25 + VAT). Is this the only item you require? You may wish to buy more than one, or add some other items to the order.

Type: Folding (linen tester)


- top (the bit with the lens) - 22mm X 22mm
- lens (the circle in the top that is the actual lens) - 19mm dia.
- height (from lens to object) - 33mm
- base (the bit that rests on the object): - 26mm X 22mm
- folded 13mm high; 22mm wide; 35mm deep

Graduations around the base 10mm / 1mm and also 1/2iin. / 1/8in.

Magnification / lens size in mm: 8X15

Lens material: plastic

Origin / brand: China

Casing: acrylic

Finish: clear

Presentation / extras: strong plastic box with push-on lid

{Applications / quality}

A linen tester (also known as a linen prover) is a folding magnifier, traditionally used for measuring the threads-per-inch on linen, which is why it has a scale marked around the base. Today, they are mostly used for viewing stamps, coins, prints and photos - anything flat. They come in all sizes from 15mm to 90mm, one even has a light.

Specifically, this one is very small, its 20mm diameter lens is about the size you would find on a jewellers loupe, obvioulsly it's not the best optical quality (for £1.50 but it's quite useable.

Not quite what you were looking for? You want a magnifier that rests on the page for reading? We have a few of these, especially designed for the partially-sighted, see our rest-on-page magnifiers
you want a small stand magnifier, but not one that folds, and one that has a high quality lens? See our small stand magnifiers

Too small? Need a stand magnifier that is larger, with space to work under? See our large stand magnifiers (bench magnifiers).

Almost right, but you DO need something considerably more powerful (a large single lens is ALWAYS low-power), AND it must still give stereo vision. Try the type of head-worn magnifier surgeons use. click here. These are good for watch repairing or for work on micro-circuits.

Not good enough?! Need a microscope? click here.

I haven't offered a wholesale price on these because

a) we only have a few, the retail price is way below normal
b) if you order 10 or more, you pay less than the wholesale price
c) available only while stocks last


if you want an import-quantity, the pack size (minimum quantity) will be somewhere between 144 and 360, the minimum spend is $5000.00 (about £3,300.00) and delivery is 3 to 4 months. Quotes available, serious enquiries only please.