Antique French Silver and Enamel Lorgnette

Date: Circa 1890

Country: France

Stock Number: 8346

An attractive antique silver and niello enamel folding magnifying glass or eyeglass with a spring clip. This attractive black and white checked niello decoration originated from Russia in the 10th century. Length 12.3 cms. Spread across the lenses 10 cms. Diameter of lense frame 4 cms. Marked with the silver grade "935" between the lenses and with a French control mark on the carrying loop. French. Circa 1890.

Literature: By the 19th century well-dressed ladies wore 'long chains' from which were suspended watches or lorgnettes, as well as lockets and other useful implements. A lorgnette is, quite simply, a pair of spectacles mounted on a handle. The precursor to modern opera glasses, lorgnettes were a common sight during the 19th century at the theatre as well as the opera.

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