Lorgnette - (Scientific Instruments Optical)

Lorgnette - (Scientific Instruments, Optical) Hinged Lorgnette Eyeglasses were worn on a chain around the neck. They were invented by the French optician M. Lepage the ‘Hinged Lorgnette’ in 1818 and called it ‘face-à-main brisée. Artists were designing lorgnettes as high quality ornaments and by mid 19th century, it became the favorite European optical aid. The frame, with a hinge in the bridge center, was made from gold with round or oblong lenses. The lenses are hinged and retracted into the base plate of an extending handle that is decorated on both sides, with incised gold or silver or with tortoise-shell, mother-of-pearl, or semi-precious stones.

Brass & Glass: Scientific Instrument Making Workshops in Scotland As Illustrated by Instruments from the Arthur Frank Collection at the Royal MuseumBrass & Glass: Scientific Instrument Making Workshops in Scotland As Illustrated by Instruments from the Arthur Frank Collection at the Royal Museum 

 

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