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Lorgnettes, circa 1880

Lorgnettes, circa 1880

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French silver sprung lorgnettes. Lorgnettes consist of a spectacles front and a single handle on one side. They were invented by English optical instrument maker, George Adams (1709-1772) in around 1770. These lorgnettes function to aid vision but were also fashionable accessories throughout the nineteenth century. This example dates from around 1880, France.

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