993.121.1: Ophthalmoscope, 1885-1920

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993.121.1: Ophthalmoscope.
Image No. 2255 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

Morton's non-luminous ophthalmoscope in an embossed leather case. The ophthalmoscope has a chain-of-lenses; a rotating disc at the top which contains 4 inset lenses and encases 29 other lenses which can be revolved by turning the lower brass disc. The middle disk indicates the strength of the lens in the sight-hole. On the reverse side are 2 circular mirrors, which are fixed to a plate that can be rotated around a central pivot. The larger mirror is on a spring hinge and the smaller mirror is oblique. The ophthalmoscope, which screws into an ivory and brass handle, is stamped 'MORTON'S OPHTHALMOSCOPE CURRY & PAXTON LONDON'. The base of the handle rotates to test colour vision. The case also contains a hand held auxiliary condensing lens [magnifier]. Manufacturer’s name is stamped onto the interior surface of the lid in gold print. A label with distributors name and address 'Millikin & Lawley 165, Strand, London' is adhering to velvet lining.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 993.121.1
Collection: Ophthalmology
Date: 1885-1920

Object Dimensions

  • Length: 12.2 cm
  • Height: 2.8 cm
  • Width: 6 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Hinged lined case with catch
  • b) Ophthalmoscope
  • c) Handle
  • d) Condensing lens

Object Materials

  • brass,
  • copper alloy,
  • elastic,
  • glass,
  • gold print,
  • ivory,
  • lacquer,
  • leather,
  • metal,
  • paper,
  • plastic,
  • printing ink,
  • silvering,
  • steel,
  • textile,
  • unidentified coating,
  • velvet,
  • wood

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: Curry & Paxton (Distributor: Millikin & Lawley, 165 Strand, London, England.)