When it come to a Lorgnette, the Original Chain and fascinating mechanicals make all the difference. Other considerations include unscratched lens. This Edwardian Sterling Silver Lorgnette has all of the above, and more.
The glasses open by pulling down slightly at the bottom of the stem where you grip three horizontal circular bars. The glasses open out, the bar holding the glasses affixed to one lens. The bar resides on the diagonal. Slightly tapered, it is hexagonally shaped revealing an alternate plain and shiny, and a decorative pattern. Decorations appear on the top of the nose bar, the short bar at the top of the lenses, and on the fixed large ring at the bottom. Here an ample split ring attaches to accommodate the wondrous chain.
The chain connects here with a spring ring clasp. Thus, the chain can be detached from the glasses and worn on its own or for use with a locket or charm. Right above the clasp is a three petal junction from which the chain extends. It features links interspersed with oval stations that include double filigree swirls. The chain continues to a spring ring clasp at the top.
The chain measures approx. 31" end to end by 5 mm at the oval links.
Open, the glasses are 3-3/4" wide. Closed they are approx. 1-5/8" wide by 4-1/4" long. The large split ring is 8 mm.
Weight: 30.4 grams
No discernable maker's mark.
Tests Sterling Silver.
Age: c. 1910, but could be as old as 1860 due to its Regency style designs.
Condition: Excellent. All mechanicals work superbly. There are some tiny flea bits on the edges of one lens where it attaches to the rim which could have happened when the lenses were set. These don't effect your vision as you look through the lenses which are nearly totally clear.
The lenses have a little magnification, and thus would be the perfect accessory for reading a menu!
I believe this piece to be French.
Edwardian Lorgnette Glasses Sterling Silver on Original Detachable Chain
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