Microscope

Description
This compound monocular is a Spencer Model 44 with coarse and fine focus, curved arm, double nosepiece, square stage, inclination joint, sub-stage condenser and diaphragm, sub-stage mirror (this is missing), horseshoe base, and wooden box. The inscription reads “SPENCER / BUFFALO / USA / 47339.” The serial number indicates a date of 1918.
The Spencer Lens Co. boasted in 1920 that the No. 44 was “the most popular of all Spencer Microscopes. Thousands are now in daily use in medical and general laboratories, also by physicians.” In 1930, it claimed that the No. 44 was “the most popular of all Spencer microscopes for routine work in the laboratory of the hospital, medical school, or general practitioner.” It was “simple in design and durable in construction,” and “fully meets all standard requirements.”
Ref: Spencer Lens Co., Catalog of Spencer Microscopes, Microtomes and Accessories (Buffalo, 1920), pp. 32-33.
Spencer Lens Co., Catalogue (Buffalo, N.Y., 1930), p. 17.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope
date made
ca 1918
maker
Spencer Lens Company
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
steel (overall material)
brass (overall material)
glass (overall material)
black (overall color)
Measurements
average spatial: 33.8 cm x 17.3 cm x 21 cm; 13 5/16 in x 6 13/16 in x 8 1/4 in
average spatial: 29 cm x 11.2 cm x 17.7 cm; 11 7/16 in x 4 7/16 in x 6 15/16 in
place made
United States: New York, Buffalo
ID Number
MG*M-11515
accession number
260035
catalog number
M-11515
260035.09.02
subject
Science & Mathematics
Microscopes
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Microscopes
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Division of Marine Invertebrates, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
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