"lorgnette operaglasses"

Lorgnette opera glasses developed from the Lorgnette spectacles which were popular among the fashionable ladies of the 19th century. The use of the original Lorgnette spectacles was mainly cosmetic, worn more as jewellery than to enhance vision. The more specialised Lorgnette opera glasses maintained the handle of the original Lorgnette but added a greater magnification specially designed for viewing opera or theatre performances.