2006.538.1: Knife, Eye, 1951-1990

Additional Images

2006.538.1: Knife, Eye.
Image No. 2697 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Iridectomy knife in a case which also acts as screw-on handle. Trademark [serpent entwined around a staff with crown] and encircled 'NRA' stamped into surface.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 2006.538.1
Collection: Ophthalmology
Date: 1951-1990

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 12 cm
  • Width: 0.8 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Handle
  • b) knife

Object Materials

  • metal

Acquisition Detail

  • Owner: Dr. W. H. Sparling East
  • History of Use: Used by Dr. William Henry Sparling East [1912-2007]. Dr. East moved to Fernie B.C. in 1945 and set up a practice from which he retired in 1991. He served as president of the East Kootenay Medical and the B.C. Coroner’s Associations. In 1987 he was recognized as an Honorary Member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C. and, in 1992 as a Founding Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. 2002 he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal for his community involvement.