Simply put, a lorgnette is a pair of spectacles (glasses) mounted on a handle. The word comes from the French lorgne which means “to take a sidelong look at”. Lorngettes were invented in England by George Adams circa 1770 and remained popular into the early 1800s as more elaborate forms were created.
This Edwardian pair is made of 14 karat yellow gold and is hinged at the nose piece, folding compactly to fit neatly into a pocket or reticule for easy access. They could also be worn on a chain as a pendant. Lovely open work motifs embellish the handle, evocative of Eastern architecture. Perfect for perusing a piece of correspondence, or to examine the newest baby on the family tree, they give the wearer an attractive and quaint manner in which to magnify matters.
Dimensions: 4" x 3.75"
Weight: 23.5 grams
Materials: 14K yellow gold, lenses
Condition: Excellent antique condition