Antique French Silver and Enamel Lorgnette
Date: Circa 1890
An attractive antique silver and niello enamel folding magnifying glass or eyeglass with a spring clip. This attractive black and...
An attractive antique silver and niello enamel folding magnifying glass or eyeglass with a spring clip. This attractive black and white checked niello decoration originated from Russia in the 10th century. Length 12.3 cms. Spread across the lenses 10 cms. Diameter of lense frame 4 cms. Marked with the silver grade “935” between the lenses and with a French control mark on the carrying loop. French. Circa 1890.
Literature: By the 19th century well-dressed ladies wore ‘long chains’ from which were suspended watches or lorgnettes, as well as lockets and other useful implements. A lorgnette is, quite simply, a pair of spectacles mounted on a handle. The precursor to modern opera glasses, lorgnettes were a common sight during the 19th century at the theatre as well as the opera.
This charming little silver eye glass is in very good condition with no apparent damage or restoration. The niello enamelwork is undamaged. Fully functional. With silver grade "935" stamp (better quality than sterling silver which is "925") and French control mark. Please note that this item is not new and will show moderate signs of wear commensurate with age. Reflections in the photograph may detract from the true representation of this item.
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