In the Victorian Age, these were not only useful objects, but also a sign of distinction. Well dressed ladies wore long chains from which were suspended lorgnettes or other useful items, and it is common to see them wearing it in pictures. Gentlemen, monocles, glasses and pince-nez, the last ones used by ladies, too.
Magnifying glass "ivory"handle
Lorgnettes Gentlemans pince-nez
Lorgnettes with chatelaine,for ladies. Chained hanging glasses
They were fashionable circa 1850, 10
and were the equal to gentlemen
Opened glasses with case Closed glasses with case