Cased Marple Student Ophthalmoscope by A Young & Son, Edinburgh

Catalogue Number: 3326
Cased Marple Student Ophthalmoscope by A Young & Son, Edinburgh
Category: Equipment
Sub-Category: Ophthalmoscope
Designer/inventor: Wilbur B Marple
Year Of Publication/Manufacture: c1910
Time Period: 1900 to 1939
Place Of Publication/Manufacture: Edinburgh, Scotland
Publisher/Manufacturer: A Young & Son
Description Of Item: Cased Marple Student Ophthalmoscope with internal electric illumination and dry cell battery handle. Chromed ring to adjust position of lamp. U-shaped mirror to control shadows in practitioner's view. Wheel of lenses and supplementary lenses of plus and minus 10D. Instrument head marked 'A. YOUNG & SON/ EDINBURGH.' Rear of instrument: 'MARPLE STUDENT/ OPHTHALMOSCOPE'. Fitted case lined with blue satin and velvet. Outer covered in black leatherette. Instrument: 250 x 35 x 28mm. Case: 297 x 60 x 46mm.
Historical Significance: Ref: Trans Am Ophthal Soc 1906 p225: Marple, Wilbur B. An improved electric ophthalmoscope. Marple presented his new design which he detailed as an improvement of Dr Dennett's ophthalmoscope, mainly by a new 'U-shaped mirror' to minimise unwanted shadows, and a 'movable lamp' to best adjust the illumination. Ref: Rucker, C Wilbur, A history of the ophthalmoscope, 1971, p95, Cat No 1945
How Acquired: Purchased by Kett Museum
Date Acquired: June 2017
Condition: Excellent
Location: Archive Office. Cabinet One Drawer 10

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