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1860' gold pince-nez, with wood case.

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Optical1 of 7Antique gunmetal, 14k gold and pearls lorgnette and long chain, Carter Howe & Co mark. 1930' folding silver eye glasses.
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    Posted 4 years ago

    kyratango
    (429 items)

    This is the early form of spring pince-nez, which folds to be cased!

    It bears the early eagle's head hallmark for 18k, France, 1838/1919.

    I bought it at Drouot, in 70'. The auctioneer held a previous sale of Compositor Gioacchino Rossini's memorabilia... Strange it seems the same on last pic!
    But I have no proof it belonged to him :-/

    The spring is gold too, but I still don't understand how these models could be worn without falling... Notice it was secured with a chain or thread.

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    1. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Thank you Don, Kevin and Inky for your lovely visit! Love you too ;-))
    2. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Interesting documentation about eye glasses through the ages:
      http://www.antiquespectacles.com/history/ages/through_the_ages.htm
    3. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Thank you Manikin :-)
    4. LeDandy, 4 years ago
      Holy smokes, that's a beauty. I haven't seen them in 18k. Yes, one fall and the lenses were history.
    5. Rick55 Rick55, 4 years ago
      What an interesting piece Kyra... and with the case no less. I love it!
    6. kyratango kyratango, 4 years ago
      Thank you LeDandy and Rick for your kind comments!
      Thanks too to the further lovers :-)

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