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Auroscope Specula - in Ebony Case

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T111
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1750 - 1850


The Pinto Collection includes a number of interesting antique scientific and medical instruments. This object is called an 'auroscope specula', sometimes referred to as an otoscope. The finely turned ebony case with screw-on lid contains two graduated silver funnels, used to examine the inside of the ear.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century or 19th century
Material(s):White metal
Place of Origin:England

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Height:6.5 cm
Diameter:3.2 cm