Lorgnettes were initially introduced around the turn of the nineteenth century. Typically used by women, this visual aid accessory was either used for distance viewing at the opera or for reading.
This exquisite accessory is made of platinum and is set with 14 single cut diamonds, total weight of .15 carats (H-I color; VS clarity) along the handle.
Its open work reminds one of a basket and on the front dotted with diamonds that add shimmer amid the horizontal and linear platinum sections.
A pendant fitting is attached to the terminal end of the handle through which a chain can be threaded.
Known as a "French" lorgnette, the lenses are hinged at the bridge with a spring and then folded flat on the other lens. On the side of the grip is a small mechanism, that when pushed allows the spring-loaded lenses to unfold to become hand held spectacles as well as an exquisite fine antique jewel.