The Lorgnette had its origin in the 15th century. The resulting scissor glasses conquered German-speaking countries in the 18th century. In the 19th century the handle-shaped handle was added to it.
A technical novelty from around 1850 was the foldable or foldable lorgnette, also called "folding glasses". A pushed together lorgnette connects the two superimposed glasses to a magnifying glass. The two lenses can be folded together by folding or sliding one behind the other and opened if necessary. By pushing the springs together, the springs in the hinge between the bridge and the glasses are stretched and open when they open. However, they retain sufficient tension to keep the bridge and glasses stretched out in front of their eyes and distance.
Lorgnon or Lorgnette in silver. The handle was elaborately decorated with a graphic niello pattern, the oval handle end with silver beads in different sizes. Manufactured around 1900, master's mark illegible. Excellent condition.
Dimensions & details
- silver 800 / -
- Weight 30.4 g
- Length 11.5 cm