This dissecting microscope is a Spencer Model 82 with simple lens, rack-and-pinion focus, square glass stage, sub-stage mirror, U-shaped base and wooden box. The inscription reads “SPENCER / BUFFALO / USA.” There is no serial number.
This was used by Chevalier Q. Jackson (1865-1958), an important American physician and laryngologist. Dr. Jackson’s granddaughter gave it to the Smithsonian.
Ref: Spencer Lens Co., Catalog of Spencer Microscopes, Microtomes and Accessories (Buffalo, 1920), p. 59.
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Object Name
date made
early 20th century
Spencer Lens Company
Physical Description
fabric (case material)
glass (microscope material)
metal (microscope material)
wood (case material)
microscope: 16.3 cm x 10.8 cm x 13.3 cm; 6 7/16 in x 4 1/4 in x 5 1/4 in
case: 18.5 cm x 13.7 cm x 16.3 cm; 7 5/16 in x 5 3/8 in x 6 7/16 in
place made
United States: New York, Buffalo
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Science & Mathematics
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Joan Jackson Bugbee
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