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A stunning pair of lorgnettes!!
Crafted in the Victorian era from 22ct / 22kt gold plate on bronze they are highly decorative in design with intricate metalwork and engraving on the inner of the bridge.
The lenses are in very good condition, clear and free from scratches, cracks or chips.
The handle has a loop so that they may be attached to a chain and worn around the neck or hung from a chatelaine.
There is a delicate filigree scroll detail to the handle, the metal shows some slight signs of oxidation though this could be cleared off with a polish.
The top of the rims has an embossed or repousse type dimpled effect and the inner bridge is engraved with some olde English characters, the name Christopher Westley, a Regent street address in London and the date 1843.
I believe that this engraving links to the owner and not the makers and they were presented to Mr Westley of Regent Street in 1843.
This dates the lorgnettes to 1843 or earlier.
They are not spring or catch operated Lorgnettes but are opened by manually releasing the lense and folding out.
1" lense dia
3.3" total width
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Victorian lorgnettes, 22kt gold plated with inscription
$176 USD SALE PENDING
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