This is a compound monocular with coarse and fine focus, inclination joint, circular stage, and circular base with three ball feet. The “E. H. GRIFFITH, FAIRPORT N.Y. / PAT. DEC. 14, 86 / 866” inscription on the stand refers to Ezra Hollace Griffith (1838-1894), a travelling salesman and enthusiastic microscopist. Griffith described this form, termed the Griffith Club Microscope, as a “full-sized, first-class” instrument that was “free from tremor, unique in design, and beautiful in appearance.” Bausch & Lomb made the objective for this example, and may also have made the stand as well.
Ref: E. H. Griffith, “Microscopists Turn Table,” U.S. Patent 354130 (Dec. 14, 1886).
E. H. Griffith, “Griffith Club Microscope,” The American Monthly Microscopical Journal 11 (1890): 121.
Randy Watson, “E. H. Griffith and Griffith Club Microscopes,” Rittenhouse 9 (1995): 25-31.
Currently not on view
Object Name
date made
ca 1890
Griffith, E. H.
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
brass (overall material)
overall: 30.6 cm x 14.2 cm x 17.8 cm; 12 1/16 in x 5 9/16 in x 7 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Science & Mathematics
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Dr. and Mrs. M. Seiderman
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Visitor Comments

5/8/2016 5:21:07 PM
Paul Ferraglio
The stage has been modified. The raised ring held by screws is a later modification. The original stage would have been a flat black glass disk.
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