Model eye glass

A circular picture showing an eye. The centre of the eye has a glass lens in it.

Wellcome Library, London

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  • Intro
    Museum's Description
    • This is one of the more unusual objects from the Wellcome Collection. It is a model eye with a glass lens mounted on to brass, and a face painted around the eye.

      It was made by William Jones (1763-1831) and his brother Samuel Jones, who were  makers of optical scientific instruments. That means they made things that worked with eyes and that helped people to see.

      They also made other scientific instruments such as telescopes and microscopes. You can have a look at their trade card (like a business card) on the Science Museum website.

      Things to think about:
      • Do you think this lens would have been used to help someone see?
      • What other scientific instruments do you think were being made during the 18th and 19th Centuries?
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