Microscope

Description
Several London opticians began making small, simple and remarkably similar compound monoculars around 1870, and stressing their suitability for clinical and seaside use. The form featured a tripod base, one leg of which supported the microscope, stage, and sub-stage mirror. James Powell Swift termed his version “Blankley’s Small Pocket Microscope,” the reference being to the English microscopist, Frederick Blankley. This example belonged to Richard Halsted Ward (1837-1917), an American medical microscopist. It has a fine focus screw, a red leather case, and a “Swift” inscription. The objective is missing.
Ref: “Swift’s Improved Pocket Medical and Seaside Microscope,” The Lancet 1 (1872): 764.
James Swift, Manufacturer of Microscopes, Portable & Equatorial Telescopes, and Other Optical Instruments (London, n.d.), p. 15.
James Swift, The Microscope and Accessory Apparatus (London, 1883), front cover and p. 81.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1870-1890
maker
Swift, James
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements
case: 1 5/8 in x 6 3/16 in x 3 15/16 in; 4.1275 cm x 15.71625 cm x 10.00125 cm
ID Number
MG*M-09723
accession number
174919
catalog number
M-09723
174919.08
Credit Line
Miss Charlotte B. Ward
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Science & Mathematics
Microscopes
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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