Spectacle mounted physicians' mirror

Catalogue Number: 2914
Spectacle mounted physicians' mirror
Category: Equipment
Sub-Category: Equipment, surgical
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Description Of Item: Spectacle-like frame with curl sides and a pair of rubber balls for a nose rest to which is attached a circular mirror, 100 mm dia, with a 20 mm dia hole at its centre. The angle of the mirror is adjustable by means of a ball and socket mount with a thumb screw lock. There is no provision for fitting ophthalmic lenses to the frame.
Historical Significance: This is presumably a physicians head mirror, which were commonly used for examination of the ear, nose and throat. This one is unusual in having a spectacle-like head mount, when typically the head mount is an adjustable head band. This one may have been used for indirect ophthalmoscopy with a separate external light source since it came to the Museum from an ophthalmic source.
How Acquired: Donated by Estate of William Cooper, via Peter Lewis
Date Acquired: April 2016
Condition: Good
Location: Archive room. West wall. Unit 5 Drawer 4

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