"Today, a lorgnette can be worn pendant style as a very fashion forward substitute for reading glasses." - Cherie Fehrman -
A lorgnette is a pair of eyeglasses with a handle used to hold them in place, rather than fitting over the ears. It is derived from the French word lorgner, to take a sidelong look at, since lorgnettes were often used for furtive flirting. They were invented by an Englishman named George Adams. The lorgnette was usually used as a piece of jewelry rather than to enhance vision. Fashionable ladies usually preferred them to eyeglasses. These were very popular at masquerade parties and used often at the opera (becoming the model for today's opera glasses). They were worn popularly in the 19th century.
This lorgnette has a mechanism which allows it to fold into a single lens to wear as a beautiful piece of jewelry on a long chain. The flick of a button on the side of the stem turns it into a pair of usable eyeglasses. The gold has beautiful chased work typical of the 19th century. Lenses are prescription but can be changed to suit the individual.
Year: 19th Century
Measurements: approximately 4 inches long x 3.5 inches wide when openCatalog Number: F3049
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