Trial lens set in large wooden glass fronted case

Catalogue Number: 2819
Trial lens set in large wooden glass fronted case
Category: Equipment
Sub-Category: Trial lens case
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c 1910
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Description Of Item: Comprehensive trial lens set in a large, 525 mm W, 260 mm D x 415 mm H, wooden case with a carved decorative head board and a glass front hinged at the top edge (struts or other means of holding the glass front are missing). It holds a wooden tray at an angle of about 30 degrees to the vertical that is fitted to contain 30 pairs each of nickel-rimmed minus power spheres (to -20 D) and brass-rimmed plus power spheres (to +20 D), and 18 pairs each of nickel-rimmed minus cylinder lenses (to -7 D) and brass-rimmed plus cylinder lenses (to +7 D). The tray is also fitted for and contains a range prism trial lenses and auxiliary testing devices. The power of the lenses are designated on strips of imitation ivory between the columns of lenses. There is a compartment for a trial frame (missing). Below are two wooden drawers, one containing 25 duplicate trial lenses and 4 stereo picture cards dated 1965. The other drawer contains miscellaneous lenses including lenticular bifocals presumably for correction of aphakia. In the trial frame compartment are two appointment cards for the optometric practice of Kenneth McLennan FSMC FIO Ophthalmic Optician of 149 Hopkins Street Footscray W 11 with the name of the nominated optometrist T. C. Fisher FVOA
Historical Significance: Thomas Clement Fisher FVOA was among the optometrists first registered in 1936 under the then new Opticians Act of 1935, with an address of 70 Glennferrie Road Melbourne E 2, as was Kenneth McLennan FSMC at the Footscray address given on the appointment cards
How Acquired: Donated by Robert Impey, Melbourne optometrist
Date Acquired: Mar 2004
Condition: Good with only a few lenses missing
Location: Archive office. East wall shelves unit 2

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