Ten assorted artificial eyes, London, England, 1870-1920

Made:
1870-1920 in London

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Rectangular leather-covered case, containing 10 assorted white glass artificial eyes, made by W. Halford of London, English, 1870-1920

A range of different sizes, shapes and iris colours is shown in this leather case containing ten glass artificial eyes. These were likely to be carried by an eye specialist or an artificial eye maker to assist them in making the best possible match to the patient’s remaining eye.

In the 1940s, glass was replaced by plastics, which were more comfortable for the wearer and lasted longer. These eyes were made by W Halford of London.

Details

Category:
Surgery
Object Number:
A680646
Materials:
case, brass, case, leather, case, silk, case, velvet, case, wood and glass
type:
artificial eye
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • prosthesis
  • surgical implant