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Two lorgnettes, circa 1870

Two lorgnettes, circa 1870

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Two tortoiseshell and silver lorgnettes. Lorgnettes consist of a spectacles front and a single handle on one side. Here the tortoiseshell handles also serve as a case. 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. These examples are English and date from 1870.

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