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Randall House - Wolfville Historical Society

Eyestone


Accession number: 82.9.1
Date: before 1900
Materials: Glass
Measurements: 7 cm H x 3 cm Diameterincluding cork
Narrative: An eyestone is a small, lenticular, calcareous body, esp. a lid of the shell of a small marine shell of the family Turbinidæ, used to remove a foreign substance from the eye. It was put into the inner corner of the eye under the lid, and allowed to work its way out at the outer corner, bringing with it the irritant. They were often brought back by travellers to the Carribean in the 1800s. The brown granular substance iin the bottle is probably sugar which was often used to keep them in.
Description: A small glass bottle with cork containing a granular brown substance with several small lens shaped objects.