Previous Artifacts - September 2008
Can you identify these items?
The years of the 20th century were a rapid and expanding world of technology. Many devices invented in the medical field vastly improved health care. This mysterious ophthalmology artifact (above) dates back to the 20th century. According to a curator at the British Optical Museum Association, it's some type of American made astigmatism test, but he hasn't seen this particular variety. This device is electrical, spins at a rapid speed, and has a red light.
Originally listed as a part of antique clippers for dog claws (below), we suspect that this artifact may have a different story. The item was found in our collection. Dental forceps, tooth extractor, or pliers are some of the suggestions presented to us. What do you think this artifact was used for? Have you seen anything like it before?
If anyone has any information regarding these devices, please call the Old Courthouse Museum as 367-4210 ext. 0.