This is a Pair of Eyeglass Lorgnettes that are Brown & Bronze Plastic Tortoise Shell Looking. They are Marked France. They measure 1" at the widest part of the eyeglass frame. They extend from to end to 8 1/4" in length. The Eyeglass Frame measures 4 1/2" in length, have a brass Rosette button screw in the frame & handle. The Handle measures 4 1/2" in length. The Frame fits into an opening in the handle and folds neatly away.
A lorgnette is a pair of spectacles with a handle, used to hold them in place, rather than fitting over the ears. It is derived from the French lorgner, to take a sidelong look at, and Middle French, from lorgne, squinting. They were invented by an Englishman named George Adams. The lorgnette was usually used as a piece of jewelry, rather than to enhance vision. Fashionable ladies usually preferred them to spectacles. These were very popular at masquerade parties and used often at the opera (becoming the model for today's opera glasses). They were worn popularly in the 19th century.
We purchased several pair of outrageous Frames from the Estate of a local Optometrist that closed his store in the 1950's-1960's. You could take these Frames to a good local optometrist and they could probably add prescription lenses to this Pair, if you so desired to have this done. They do not have any lenses in the Frames. They are very tight in opening the arms as they have never been worn and are in great condition.
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