KREMENTZ Art Nouveau 14kt Repousse Diamond Lorgnette
An absolutely fabulous signed Krementz & Co. lorgnette from the Art Nouveau (ca1900s) period! Crafted in solid 14kt yellow gold, this incredible piece is comprised of a pair of folding glasses held within a breathtaking repousse lorgnette encasement. Beautifully portraying the fine craftsmanship of Krementz, the front and the back of the lorgnette is wonderfully detailed in soft swirls and scrolls and has a 3-dimensional repousse appearance. The front adorns the angelic profile of a woman who has flowing locks of hair, a soft, detailed face and a garden of flowers surrounding her. The crown of her head is set with 3 old Mine Cut diamonds, and 2 additional stones are set in the center of 2 of the blooming flowers. The back of the lorgnette carries a complimentary design with a garden of flowers and in the center are the hand engraved initials "KMB". The eye glasses fold in half and are hidden within the gold encasement, opening easily with a simple push of a button located on the side of the handle. At the end of the gold handle is a fairly large gold ring which is perfect for hanging from a chain or watch swivel hook. On the inside of the lorgnette is the Krementz hallmark and "14KARAT". It's a fabulous and special piece from the Art Nouveau period and would make a wonderful addition to any Krementz collection!
Measurements: When closed, the gold case measures 5" long and approximately 1 1/4" at the widest point. When opened, the space between the lenses measures 1" wide and the length of the eye glasses from end to end is 4".
Condition: The overall condition of the lorgnette is excellent. Besides normal surface wear, there is no apparent damage to the gold encasement or to the eye glasses. The eye glasses fold and move easily and stay securely place in the gold cover. The spring button mechanism is in excellent working condition.