This is a charming folding lorgnette. When closed it sits in its own little leather pouch/case. When pulled out it is completely folded and can then be opened up to reveal two circular lenses joined by a curving bridge and delicate short handle with a ring. The frame appears to be of blued steel, and as far as can be ascertained, the lenses are original. This could easily have been held at the end of a neck chain or ribbon with the spectacles in the case being in a pocket. Images of gentlemen as well as ladies have been seen that date from the mid-19th century and it is hard to tell whether the item at the end of such guard-style chains is a watch or spectacles such as this. A cabinet card depicting a gentleman wearing a long chain holding an item in his pocket can be seen amongst the images. The condition is very good for age although the pouch has some splitting at the sides. This would make a lovely addition to a collection of fashion items, particularly those with an optical bent. Folded maximum length 2.4 ins (6cm). Weight 16 grams.