Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Vintage and Antique LORGNETTES

Talk about a fashionable way to read the menu at your favoraite Posh restaurant in that secluded booth.....

A lorgnette is a pair of spectacles with a handle, used to hold them in place, rather than fitting over the ears. They were invented by an Englishman named George Adams. The lorgnette was usually used as a piece of jewelry, rather than to enhance vision. Fashionable ladies usually preferred them to spectacles. These were very popular at masquerade parties and used often at the opera (becoming the model for today's fancier opera glasses). They were worn popularly in the 19th century.

The lorgnette was employed as a prop and affectation by one of the greatest trial lawyers of the 20th century, Earl Rogers of Los Angeles, California, as documented in his biography written by his daughter Adela Rogers St. Johns, Final Verdict. The lorgnette is featured on the front cover dust jacket of this biography.

We have more colors and styles in stock not yet posted, so please feel free to inquire on other models...

A Bientot ! !
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Lynn Konrad
8422 Crane Circle
Huntington Beach, Ca. 92646

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