A complete set of “Dunn’s Model eye” or “Skiascopic Model Eye” by F. Davidson & Co, 29 Great Portland Street, London, W. Early 20th C. The set consist of an artificial eye, 6 lenses and 17 different hand painted retinae. The artificial eye has a turning disk with 3 different holes, simulating the pupil, a lens holder and on the back you can put one of the 17 retinae for study the retinae. Doctors trained with these to learn how to examine the fundus of the eye and to perform retinoscopy to determine the refractive error of the eye. It is identified to be from the early 1900s. It is made of metal (painted black) and inside the barrel is a detailed print of the inside of an eye. It is made of metal with printed retinal image on focusing slide in a dark chamber, visible through the lens and with a mount and astigmatism scale for use with standard corrective lenses. Measurements box 16 x 10 x 6 cm.
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Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.