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.