An old-fashioned type of glasses that you hold up to your eyes with a handle is called a lorgnette. You might see a lady with a lorgnette enjoying the opera in an old movie.

Lorgnettes were originally a type of jewelry, rather than functional eyeglasses. Later, they were used to enhance vision but considered more fashionable than spectacles that hooked over the ears. The disadvantage of a lorgnette is that you have to hold it up to your eyes in order to see clearly. The word comes from the French verb lorgner, "to squint," and lorgne, which means both "squinting" and also "cross-eyed or foolish."

Definitions of lorgnette
  1. noun
    eyeglasses that are held to the eyes with a long handle
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    type of:
    eyeglasses, glasses, specs, spectacles
    optical instrument consisting of a frame that holds a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision
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