Small black metal snap case

Catalogue Number: 2626
Small black metal snap case
Category: Spectacles and lenses
Sub-Category: Spectacle case
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1920s
Time Period: 1940 to 1999
Description Of Item: Small black metal snap case, 120 x 45 mm, covered on the outside by black fabric and lined inside with violet velvet. It is gold stamped on base of the case with CARL WERNER & CO / CARTER AND WERNER / OPTICIANS / MELBOURNE
Historical Significance: Carl Werner (1852-) established his practice in Ballarat in 1889 under the name of Carter and Werner and then in the CBD of Melbourne and in Toorak. He was the first person to become a Fellow of the Company of Spectacle Makers (FSMC) by examination. The practice name continues today as C Werner and Co in Toorak under new ownership. It remained in the family hands until the 1970s since all three of his sons were also optometrists. See an account of this family dynasty in Clin Exp Optom 2008; 91: 412-414 a copy of which in on the Kett Museum website under the tab 'People who made history'.
How Acquired: Donated by Michael Aitken, honorary archivist
Date Acquired: June 2015
Condition: Good
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 4 Drawer 5

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