Microscope

Description
This form was introduced around 1740 and was still popular in the nineteenth century. This example has a brass plate with 6 lenses, and 6 ivory sliders. The “RAMSDEN / LONDON” inscription refers to Jesse Ramsden, a prominent artisan who specialized in mathematical instruments.
Ref: Anita McConnell, Jesse Ramsden (1735-1800), London’s Leading Scientific Instrument Maker (Aldershot, 2007).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope
date made
late 18th century
maker
Ramsden, Jesse
Physical Description
brass (microscope material)
wood (case material`)
velvet (case material)
metal (case material)
glass (microscope material)
Measurements
case: 8.4 cm x 25.4 cm x 14.2 cm; 3 5/16 in x 10 in x 5 9/16 in
microscope: 20.2 cm x 11.9 cm x 20.9 cm; 7 15/16 in x 4 11/16 in x 8 1/4 in
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
MG*M-09889
accession number
236683
catalog number
M-09889
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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