One of the early original magnifying glasses was actually a glass globe filled with water. Now the magnifying glass is used more as a decorative piece or for the ability to search or zoom in on an object. A magnifying glass still comes in handy for getting a splinter out, keeping kids fascinated with science and building fires in the wild. Most magnifying glasses in The Emporium of Nantucket’s collection includes a protective wooden box with a brass front clasp. This makes a nice gift for the nautically inclined or used to accent a particular room’s decor. Try placing on a shelf alongside a Ship’s Wheel, Ship Model, or Sextant to add an instant nautical feel. For some design ideas check out the Home ACKcents category of our blog. We would love to see some of your design configurations! Share them with us on Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus or Pinterest.