Catalogue Number: 3285
Stoco Frame Measuring Device for round eye and fulvue frames
Sub-Category: Dispensing tool
Corporation: Standard Optical Company
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: 1920s
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Geneva, New York, USA
Publisher/Manufacturer: Standard Optical Company
Description Of Item: Black painted and chromed device consisting of two sections. One section is a chromed square-section rod with black painted domed knob at one end and two semi-circular black painted plates, one 36 mm diameter with Stoco engraved, the other 30 mm diameter, attached at the other end. A single reference mark is engraved on the rod. The second section has two parallel chromed rods between which the rod of the first section slides. One rod has a scale from 36 to 44 marked. The two rods are secured by black semi-circular plates of the same dimensions as the first section and a trigger type finger grip. A spring mechanism closes the two semicircular sections together.
Historical Significance: Standard Optical Company (Stoco) was a manufacturer and supplier of optical instruments and dispensing items. Copies of a catalogue of are held (Cat Nos. 137, 3235 ) but this device does not appear to be listed. The Geneva Optical Co. was organised in 1873 by Andrew Smith. Geneva Optical produced lenses which were sold through Standard Optical. The combined companies later became known as Shuron Optical which was located in Geneva, NY, until 1963.
How Acquired: Donated by Brian Flynn, Melbourne optometrist, former honorary VCO archivist and member of the College
Location: Archive office. East wall shelves unit 3. Drawer 1