Catalogue Number: 2317
Trial lens case
Sub-Category: Trial lens case
Corporation: American Optical Company
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1910
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Southbridge, Mass, USA
Publisher/Manufacturer: American Optical Company
Description Of Item: Leatherette case, 400 x 260 mm, with hinged lid, the inside of which has a purple velvet covered removable card lining. The case has a handle, lock and clips and metal corner reinforcing and is embossed on lid 'P & F R / Melbourne'. It contains a removable purple velvet lined tray with a full set of trial lenses (5 lenses missing), 8 trial prisms (1 to 15 pd), 5 accessory lens holders with stenopaic slit, pinhole, Maddox rod, multiple pinhole and several tinted lenses and a half eye trial frame without axis scale and with straight sides. The trial lens tray lifts out to reveal a purple velvet lined storage section divided into compartments. Makers plastic label affixed to top side of trial frame compartment reading 'MANUFACTURED BY / AMERICAN OPTICAL COMPANY / SOUTHBRIDGE MASS U.S.A. / NEW YORK CHICAGO / SAN FRANCISCO LONDON'
Historical Significance: This trial set was owned by the donor's grandfather, Peter, and great uncle, Fred, Robertson who practised optometry on the south east corner of the intersection of Little Collins and Elizabeth streets from about 1900 to 1939. They had trained as watchmakers in Bendigo. It was also used by the donor for his work travelling with the Flying Doctor Service from 1969 to 1979.
How Acquired: Donated by Dr Ian Robertson, Melbourne ophthalmologist
Date Acquired: Sept 2013
Condition: Fair. Signs of long use
Location: Archive office. East wall shelves unit 2