Microscope

Description
This simple microscope fits into and stands on a small wooden box. It has a brass stand, four lenses that can be used singly or severally, a circular stage with forceps, and a focus mechanism, but no sub-stage mirror. There are also ivory sliders, mirror, and scalpel. The “Banks, London Math. Inst. Mkr. to the Prince of Wales” inscription refers to Robert Banks (or Bancks), an instrument maker in business from the 1790s to the early 1830s.
Ref: R. Bancks, Directions To Use The Improved Pocket Microscope (London, n.d.).
G. L’E. Turner, The Great Age of the Microscope (Bristol and New York, 1989), p. 81.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope
date made
1790-1830
maker
Banks, Robert
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
brass (overall material)
velvet (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 4 1/4 in x 3 7/8 in x 2 7/16 in; 10.795 cm x 9.8425 cm x 6.19125 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
MG*308784.02
catalog number
308784.02
accession number
308784
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
Microscopes
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Microscopes
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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