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Antique Solid 14k Gold Largnetter Folding Opera / Theater Glasses Victorian

$499.00 USD
  • 14kt Yellow Gold
  • Glass
Selected for your consideration, is this wonderful Victorian Era 19th Century Lorgnette Opera / Theater spectacles (eyeglasses). 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 theater as well as the opera. And since the name lorgnette derives from the French word lorgner – meaning “to ogle” or “to eye furtively” – one can only imagine the many uses to which a curious socialite in the balcony might have put them. Whether employed to sneakily spy on a rival across the way, stealthily investigate a young gentleman down in the pit, or to merely watch the action on the stage, a lorgnette was an indispensable accessory for the 19th century lady about town.

Until the 17th century, optical aids were primarily the province of men. However, with the invention of the lorgnette, women became much more involved in the world of eyeglasses. Feminine interest in the lorgnette inspired many new designs, including the “jealousy lorgnette.” Author Kerry Segrave describes the jealousy lorgnette in her book Vision Aids in America: A Social History of Eyewear and Sight Correction:

This beautiful example is in very nice antique condition; the lens are clean NO cracks or chips, frame has wear as to be expected NO damage. Screws are in tact and the eyeglass springs opens stoutly. Screws of the lens frame still operates. Check out the pictures of the actual piece you will recieve.

Note: Preowned and vintage jewelry are not perfect and has wear and are sold As Is No Returns, so please note all measurements, sizes, conditions and pictures before purchase. We encourage questions before purchase, thank you for looking.


* Frame and Handle is crafted in 14ky yellow gold

* Hallmarked "14k" "D"

* Lens are intact NO chips, NO cracks

* Folded measures approximately 3 ¾ inches long 1 5/8 inches wide

* Lens measures approximately 36mm

* Handle approximately 2 inches long including ring

* Weighs 21.4 grams

Inventory No. rg550

The frame and handle is crafted in 14kt yellow gold (hallmarked).
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