Posted 6 years ago
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.