The ‘ hinged lorgnet ‘ was invented in 1818 by the French optician m. Lepage and called it ‘ face-a-main brisee ‘. These 2 lorgnettes are made from turtle attached to the frame, with a bridge hinge. At the bottom is a ring attached so that the ladies could carry the lorgnette as a brooch. The left one on the main picture is sold.
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Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.