In the mid-1870s, The Industrial Publication Co. of New York offered a “Handy Compound Pocket Microscope” that sold for $7.50 and that was “capable of giving a clear and well defined view of the general form of such objects as urinary deposits, diatoms, desmids, etc.” This example seems to be an instrument of that sort. It is a tiny monocular with push-pull focus, rectangular stage, sub-stage mirror, inclination joint, and circular base.
Ref: “Handy Compound Pocket Microscope,” The Technologist, or Industrial Monthly 5 (1874): 108.
The Industrial Publication Co., Priced and Descriptive Catalogue of Microscopes and Accessory Apparatus and Instruments (New York, n.d.): back cover.
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date made
ca 1874
Physical Description
nickel plating (overall material)
brass (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 10.8 cm x 4.4 cm x 4.8 cm; 4 1/4 in x 1 23/32 in x 1 7/8 in
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Science & Mathematics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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