Microscope

Description
This is a simple aquatic microscope that fits into and stands on a wooden case covered with fabric. It has a large stage, sub-stage mirror, and cylindrical stand, and is so designed that the observer can keep an eye on aquatic creatures as they move about. The form was introduced in the 1740s by the English optician, John Cuff, at the behest of a Swiss naturalist named Abraham Trembley. In 1752, Cuff modified the microscope for the naturalist, John Ellis. That instrument, known as “Ellis’s aquatic microscope” and made by others, remained popular for years.
Ref: Savile Bradbury, The Evolution of the Microscope (Oxford, 1967), pp. 97-98.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope
Physical Description
metal (microscope material)
wood (case material)
velvet (case material)
glass (microscope material)
Measurements
case: 3.5 cm x 13 cm x 10.4 cm; 1 3/8 in x 5 1/8 in x 4 1/8 in
ID Number
MG*M-09890
accession number
237039
catalog number
M-9890
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
John R. Bullock
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