Unglazed long handled 'tortoise shell' lorgnette

Catalogue Number: 2897
Unglazed long handled 'tortoise shell' lorgnette
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Lorgnette
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1930
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Description Of Item: Unglazed long-handled 'tortoise shell' lorgnette, handle 260 mm, rims 110 x 28 mm. The oval rims pivot behind the top of the handle or swung out for use. The long handle has fancy open fret decoration
Historical Significance: The 'tortoise shell' is probably imitation since there are no signs of hand carving of the intricate open decoration. A similar example at Cat. No. 658 maybe real tortoise shell and may, as described in the catalogue record, date from the late 19th century. This example is more likely to be a fashionable revival from the 1930s or later.
How Acquired: Donated by Estate of William Cooper, via Peter Lewis
Date Acquired: April 2016
Condition: Good, except small chip on handle
Location: Archive Office. Spectacles cabinet Drawer 4

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