Catalogue Number: 784
Sub-Category: Vertometer, lensometer, focimeter
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1960
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Japan
Publisher/Manufacturer: Tokyo Kugaku Kikai K.K.
Description Of Item: Focimeter finished in cream enamel. Metal label attached: 'TOKO No. 19758. TOKYO KOGAKU KIKAI K.K.' 27 cm high, 40 cm long
Historical Significance: Tokyo Kogaku, was the precursor company to Topcon, a well known manufacturer of ophthalmic instruments. Tokyo Kogaku translates as Tokyo Optical Company, It was previously solely a manufacturer of photographic equipment. Tokyo Kogaku was founded in 1932. It resulted from the merger in September 1932 of the measurement instruments section of Seik sha (the manufacturing branch of Hattori Tokei-ten) and Katsuma K gaku Kikai Seisakusho. It began manufacturing ophthalmic instruments in 1947 and produced its first vertometer in the same year. It began using the Topcon brand name in 1953. See an older focimeter by Tokyo Kogaku at Cat No. 2885.
How Acquired: Donated by Terry Coyle, Melbourne optometrist
Date Acquired: 2.5.2008
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 2 Overhead display