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Antique lorgnette dating from the late Victorian era

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Antique lorgnette dating from the late Victorian era


Brief history on lorgnettes:

A lorgnette is quite simply a pair of glasses that fold into itself into a handle that is held up to the eyes when open are rather than sitting on the nose and the ears, and comes from the French term “lorgner” meaning to take a sideways look.

Lorgnettes were popular in the 18th and 19th Century and even had a resurgence in the Art Deco era of the 1920s’s, and as they were so easy and portable to use, were a common site in Georgian and Victorian times. Lorgnettes were made from a multitude of materials not just silver or gold, but ivory, horn and tortoiseshell to name a few.

Quite often the gold lorgnettes were hand engraved, set with precious gemstones such as diamonds, enamelled, or even a combination of all of these techniques.

A wonderful look back at time, lorgnettes still retain so much charm and poise.

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