Used by fashionable ladies from the late eighteenth century through the Art Deco period, lorgnettes are eyeglasses that are used by holding them to the eyes by a handle. Made in a variety of materials including gold, silver and platinum many lorgnettes were ornately worked and often hung from long chains as decorative pendants.

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Art Nouveau Lorgnette.
Image courtesy of Lang Antiques