French ,late 19th century, gold 18k, stamped " 750", sprung lorgnettes. No legible maker's/retailer's mark. The handle and the triangular mount for the lenses have been finely engraved as also the shaped loop designed to accommodate a gold chain for hanging. Alongside the 750 gold standard stamp there appears to be some other mark but it is undecipherable - if indeed it was ever an intended mark!
Condition : very good - when closed the lenses are a tiny bit out of line with one another, just needs some adjustment. Spring action works very well. Lenses are blemish free. Overall, no dents, scratches or other flaws.
Dimensions : 12 cm. ( 4 23/32") long, diameter of lenses :4 cm. ( 1 37/64"), width, when opened : 9.7 cm. ( 3 13/16").
Total Weight of the piece : 30 grammes.
Gold is one of the most valued and highly priced precious metals used primarily for coinage and jewellery. Its value is rooted in its rarity and distinct colour. The number of carats denotes the percentage of pure gold in an item. As gold is an extremely soft metal other metals are added to it for strength. 18 carat gold contains about 75% pure gold.
Sprung Gold 18K Lorgnettes, late 19th century,French.