Some glorious luxury, this set! My favorite antique (c.1850-70, Napoleon III or mid-Victorian era) opera lorgnette, to be worn on a chain or ribbon (loop at bottom of the long bamboo-motif carved handle), and whomever had this opulent monogram created for it must have been so proud to lift it at Opera Garnier to browse the evening's program. With an elaborate 18k gold M and A backing it, in Marie-Antoinette lettering, rests a larger sterling silver P set with a constellation of diamonds. Spectacular top to bottom, and it's an impressive 10.5" long and 1.5" wide where that large monogram mounts. I've been tempted to change my name, though my maiden name begins with a P, so it worked.
Very good to excellent for age and type. Lenses are clear, undamaged. I would say they have a magnification of only 1-2, so you know these were more a luxurious accessory to be seen rather than a necessity. The gold has been acid tested at 18k, the French standard. The diamonds have also been tested, affirmative. The French have been known from way back for secure mounting of diamonds in silver (see the Marie-Antoinette necklace story). There are no chips, no hairlines, no cracks, no losses and no warping to this superb folding lorgnette spectacles set. Very light surface abrasion here or there which don't show at all to the naked eye, but I can see a tiny few in our greatly enlarged photos. The form is carved to give an impression of bamboo, which would have been part of Empress Eugenie's favorite Empire Revival decorative accents, Japonaise, Chinoiserie.
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