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Lorgnette and case

Object Number: 
INV.7514a-c
Date: 
ca. 1800
Medium: 
Horn, glass; pasteboard
Dimensions: 
Overall (lorgnette - closed): 1 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 1/4 in. (3.2 x 11.4 x 0.6 cm) Case: 1/4 x 4 3/4 x 1 5/8 in. ( 0.6 x 12.
Marks: 
written: on tag with object: "GREAT GRANDFATHER JOHN VACHE GLASSES"
Description: 
Lorgnette in eyeglass-shaped horn case; lorgnette pivots out of case, revealing glasses with horn frame, circular lenses, and "C" bridge; old metal repair to top of left lens frame; top of right lens frame broken. Two-piece oval pasteboard case with embossed decoration.
Gallery Label: 
Born in France, John Vaché came to New York in 1786 and became the first manufacturer of artificial flowers. His imported lorgnette suggests that he cut a fashionable figure in New York.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Isabella Vaché Cox
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group