ORIGINAL - CIVIL WAR STANHOPE OPTICAL VIEWER with THE LORDS PRAYER. ORIGINAL CIVIL WAR STANHOPE OPTICAL VIEWER with LORDS PRAYER.OFTEN CARRIED BY CIVIL WAR SOLDIER OF THE NORTH AND SOUTH. IMAGE VIEW IS OF AN ENGRAVED CIVIL WAR ERA YOUNG MAN PRAYING UP TO CLOUDS OF HEAVEN WITH THE ENTIRE LORDS PRAYER UNDERNEATH IN ENGLISH, SO IT COULD BE READ. Rare Antique Stanhope Monocular Viewer. Has the Lords Prayer image in it when you look in the small end. Stanhopes or Stanhope-scopes are Optical devices that enable the viewing of micro photographs without using a microscope. They were invented by Rene' Dagron in 1857 he attached the microphotograph to the end of a modified Stanhope lens.