Offered for sale;
Victorian rolled gold lorgnette, later adapted to become a pince nez.
When the ball on the handle is slid back, the spring opens the lorgnette to full extension to function as a pair of hand held eye glasses.
When opened by hand against the spring, the lorgnette functions as pince nez spectacles. Grooves on inside of each lens frame to form nose grips.
Hand engraved decoration throughout.
Small repair to the box mount of the lens, completely sound (see photos), otherwise in very good condition, strong springs, opens and closes easily, no chips or cracks on lenses.
Length closed: 3,1/2″ or 89mm.
Lens frame width: 4″ or 100mm
Weight: 16 grams
Ask the Dealer
As a fine art sculpture graduate I have applied my appreciation and understanding of form and function to my lifelong professional career in the antiques trade. Over forty years dealing in what I considered worthy, within the fields of decorative arts and sciences, I have always purchased over a wide spectrum and look forward to offering an exciting variety of stimulating pieces.