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19th Century Faux Tortoise Shell Spring Loaded Lorgnette Glasses

About the Item

Late 19th Century imitation tortoise lorgnette magnifier glasses with a spring loaded mechanism for easy folding and storage. The gold tone metal frames fold open by depressing a button on the handle shaft, shown in photograph 6. A ring at the end of the handle can be used to attach the lorgnette to a chain for easy wear. Perfect for a dapper gent or a lady of leisure. No maker's mark. CONDITION Good antique condition with some darkened patina to the metal and light scratching to the faux tortoise surface. There is a small nick to the backside of the tortoise handle as shown in photograph 12 and an apparent inclusion shown in photograph 13 that does not appear to be a crack. The spring loaded mechanism works well. MEASUREMENTS When closed the lorgnette measures 6" from end to end (not including the ring) x 1.13" at the widest. When open, the lorgnette measures 5.25" at the widest x 6.25" tall.
  • Dimensions:
    Width: 5.25 in (13.34 cm)Depth: 0.5 in (1.27 cm)Length: 6 in (15.24 cm)
  • Style:
    Victorian (Of the Period)
  • Place of Origin:
  • Period:
  • Material Notes:
    Imitation tortoise shell with gilt metal hardware and glass lenses.
  • Condition:
    Wear consistent with age and use. Good antique condition with some darkened patina to the metal and light scratching to the faux tortoise surface including a small nick to the backside of the tortoise handle and apparent inclusion, please see photo 12 & 13.
  • Seller Location:
    Atlanta, GA
  • Reference Number:
    1stDibs: LU487313902132
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