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Lorgnettes, circa 1870

Lorgnettes, circa 1870

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Horn lorgnettes. Lorgnettes consist of a spectacles front and a single handle on one side. This design allowed the eyepiece to fold in the middle to double up the lenses and also made the device more compact, allowing it to fit into the handle. Lorgnettes were originally 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 1870, England.

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