Large Antique French 18th Century Lorgnette, Mother of Pearl and Nickel Silver, Opens to 8.75"
Large Antique French 18th Century Lorgnette, Mother of Pearl and Nickel Silver, Opens to 8.75"
Large Antique French 18th Century Lorgnette, Mother of Pearl and Nickel Silver, Opens to 8.75"
Large Antique French 18th Century Lorgnette, Mother of Pearl and Nickel Silver, Opens to 8.75"
Large Antique French 18th Century Lorgnette, Mother of Pearl and Nickel Silver, Opens to 8.75"
Large Antique French 18th Century Lorgnette, Mother of Pearl and Nickel Silver, Opens to 8.75"
Large Antique French 18th Century Lorgnette, Mother of Pearl and Nickel Silver, Opens to 8.75"
Large Antique French 18th Century Lorgnette, Mother of Pearl and Nickel Silver, Opens to 8.75"
Large Antique French 18th Century Lorgnette, Mother of Pearl and Nickel Silver, Opens to 8.75"
Large Antique French 18th Century Lorgnette, Mother of Pearl and Nickel Silver, Opens to 8.75"
Large Antique French 18th Century Lorgnette, Mother of Pearl and Nickel Silver, Opens to 8.75"

Large Antique French 18th Century Lorgnette, Mother of Pearl and Nickel Silver, Opens to 8.75"

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A spectacular late 18th century to earliest 19th century French lorgnette, quizzing scope style with 1 1/2" diameter double lenses that also come together as a magnifying glass. An early set, these are shown in intaglio prints of the young Incroyables et Merveilleuses of Paris, c.1795-99.  This one is very slightly damaged, but beautiful in colorful mother of pearl sheath handle and nickel silver  mounts. Separate the lens for 2 people to use it (wide pose) or bring together to fit eye distance for one, overlap the 2 and it's a magnifying glass and beautiful fashion statement. Larger than most. 

Very good to excellent condition for age and type. Both lens intact but a fine tight crack across one, and, while I can't measure the magnification, I'd say it's between +1-2. Superb mother of pearl handle has a tight hairline at mount on one end (see images). Overall, age considered the entire piece is in superb condition. I only partially polished it. I find no marks, our silversmith mentioned it as nickel silver, which is below French .800/1000 2nd Minerve grade and would not have required silver mark. Polishes as silver, however. I see no mechanical flaws to note, operating smoothly.