993.1009.1: Ophthalmoscope in Case, c. 1880

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993.1009.1: Ophthalmoscope in Case.
Image No. 2250 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description


Non-luminous ophthalmoscope with ebony screw-on handle and lacquered brass stem, 5 small indirect lenses of varying thickness and 1 larger hand held lens in an embossed leather case lined with blue velvet and internal metal strip borders. The ophthalmoscope has an inset perforated reflective glass disc and a lens clip which folds out from a side hinge on a short arm. Manufacturer's details 'PAETZ & FLOHR U.d. LINDEN 13. BERLIN OPTIKER & MECHANIKER' are printed in gold lettering on a leather label attached to the lid lining. Dimensions given are for case only. 1 hand held lens is missing.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.1009.1
Collection: Ophthalmology
Date: c. 1880

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 18.8 cm
  • Height: 2.8 cm
  • Width: 6.4 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Lined case with catch
  • b) Ophthalmoscope
  • c) Handle
  • d) U Part of lens clip
  • e) Lens
  • f) Lens
  • g) Lens
  • h) Lens
  • i) Lens
  • j) Lens

Object Materials

  • brass,
  • coating,
  • copper alloy,
  • ebony,
  • glass,
  • gold print,
  • lacquer,
  • leather,
  • steel,
  • velvet,
  • wood

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Paetz & Flohr
  • Owner: Dr. James C. Farish
  • History of Use: Used by Dr. James C. Farish [1865-1952], born in Liverpool, Nova Scotia. Dr. Farish moved to New Westminster B.C. in 1898 taking a position as ship's doctor on the S.S. Tartar, during the Klondike gold rush. After studying eye, ear, nose and throat techniques at Chicago, he returned to Vancouver in 1901 where he became one of the leading eye, ears, nose and throat specialists, and established the practice he maintained until 1941 when he retired.