Microscope

Description
This is a compound monocular of the sort designed in the 1720s by the English optician, Edmund Culpeper. The body is brass, as are the three S-shaped legs. The base is wood, as is the triangular case. A drawer in the base holds extra parts. There is a rack-and-pinion focus. The sub-stage mirror and mount are missing. The “Silberrad / Aldgate LONDON” inscription refers to Charles Silberrad, an optician in business during the period 1799-1834.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope
date made
1799-1834
maker
Silberrad, Charles
Physical Description
brass (microscope material)
wood (case material)
metal (case material)
wood (base material)
glass (microscope material)
Measurements
microscope (with base): 37.7 cm x 16.6 cm x 16.6 cm; 14 13/16 in x 6 9/16 in x 6 9/16 in
case: 39.1 cm x 18.6 cm x 18.3 cm; 15 3/8 in x 7 5/16 in x 7 3/16 in
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
MG*M-09777
accession number
100023
catalog number
M-9777
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
Credit Line
Edward C. Kirk

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