~ Late 19th Century Gilt Brass Folding Lorgnettes ~
The Lorgnette was a craze in the 19th century, not only an optical device but a fashion statement.
The Lorgnette was invented in 1818 by the French optician Lepage and quickly became a sought after fashion accessory.
These lorgnettes are of gilt brass and are the push out style rather than spring triggered.
The lenses are oval in a bi-focal style and are hinged in the middle.
They have relief decoration of a torch with flowers and scrolling leaves to each side and are mounted with a turquoise stone to either
side (one is unfortunately missing).
The ornate decoration of the outer cover suggests the lorgnettes may be European.
They feature a suspension loop to the top so they can be hung from a watch chain or similar.
~ Dimensions ~
The lorgnettes when unfolded measure 18cm (7 inches) in length and 9cm (3 ½ inches) when folded.
They weigh 29g.
~ Condition ~
The lorgnettes have had a few small knocks and there is some wear to the gilt in parts, mainly the lens frames, but overall they still
present very well.
One of the turquoise stones is missing.
The lenses are in good order.