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lorgnette

Eyeglasses for occasional use, held before the eyes by a handle, into which the lenses may fold when not in use (British Standard). See spectacle lens; spectacles.
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Where are such things now, and where are the fans with diamond-studded lorgnettes set in the handle, with leaves of painted silk?
They include superb evening wear from the 1850s, a wedding dress from the 1860s, silk tennis outfits from the 1920s, children's clothing, swimwear and accessories such as lorgnettes, beaded handbags and tortoiseshell spectacles.
The aunts sat by the wall in an uneasy silence, but they recognized a song that was older than themselves and one after another they dropped their lorgnettes to take up the interrupted melody.
The hosting Lampe family is comprised of clumsy nouveau riches--he a former master baker, she a former cook--who make their money manufacturing noodles and who compensate for their lack of ease in their new, "elevated" settings by exaggerated snobbery and elegant props, from lorgnettes to boas.
The opposite is true of what the English called prospect glasses and the French called lorgnettes (from lorgner - to squint), the purpose of which was simply to spy on one''s companions without being observed doing so - the practice became so widespread it grew intrusive and distasteful.
The rich carried fashionable lorgnettes made by the finest craftsmen and decorated with gold, silver, ivory, porcelain, Wedgwood, enamels and precious stones.
Until about 1760, lorgnettes and prospect glasses were made from a single tube of uniform size along its length.
It was not long before they were ssen as indiscreet, however, to be replaced by tiny lorgnettes disguised in the blades of fans or handles of walking canes.