Victorian Lorgnette from the family of Ralph Waldo Emerson. Made of Mother of Pearl. I purchased several items from the Estate of Ralph Waldo Emerson's great, great, great grandson. He was convicted of a white collar crime when he sold off his last heirlooms from the the famous author/writer to pay his legal fees. Likely, was Ralph Waldo Emerson's wife's Lorgnette. From about 1860-1880. The ggg grandson was selling items by the boxes. I had some lovely pieces that sold, like Mrs Emerson's Chandelier Earrings in gold and human hair. I held on to a few items which I'm passing along now. I originally purchased the items in about 2004-2006. Google search, at the time, showed article that was written about the arrest/conviction of the fallen relative, but unable to find it now, along with an ad for the Estate sale. I can give you a number to verify that these items were authentic belongings of Ralph Waldo Emerson and family.
The Mother of Pearl Lorgnette, pulls out, to show tooled pattern in the brass like metal. (which I don't show in the pictures! I'll retake) . Fantastic provenance and a lovely piece. Eye glass or spectacles as they were called would be secured in the top of the MOP holder. It is 11 inches long when pulled out fully and compacted down to 7 1/2 inches when put away. The latch works. Can still hold a set of spectacles.
The Mother of Pearl is extraordinary, with lots of rainbow pastel color.
A lorgnette is a handle that holds eye glasses, and holds them in place, rather than fitting over the ears or nose. The word lorgnette is derived from the French lorgner, to take a sidelong look at, and Middle French, from lorgne, squinting.
Lorgnette Mother of Pearl Provenance Ralph Waldo Emerson
$175 $300 SALE