Microscope

Description
This is a compound monocular with coarse and fine focus, circular stage, inclination joint, support for sub-stage mirror, solid base, and wooden box with three eyepieces, four objectives, and a bullseye condenser with brass stand. The “NACHET / ET FILS / à Paris / rue St Séverin 17” inscription refers to a firm that began in business in 1840, and moved to this address in 1862. Weston College in Massachusetts gave this to the Smithsonian, but as that college was founded in the 1920s, the microscope was probably purchased for use at another Jesuit institution in the United States.
Ref: Nachet et Fils, Fabriques des Instruments de Micrographie (Paris, 1872), pp. 9-10.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope
date made
ca 1870
maker
Nachet et Fils
Physical Description
brass (microscope material)
glass (microscope material)
metal (case material)
velvet (case material)
glass (disjoint parts material)
metal (disjoint parts material)
leather (disjoint parts material)
metal (microscope material)
wood (case material)
brass (disjoint parts material)
Measurements
case: 12.3 cm x 31.5 cm x 19.7 cm; 4 13/16 in x 12 3/8 in x 7 3/4 in
microscope (not including body tube): 21.6 cm x 8.4 cm x 13.6 cm; 8 1/2 in x 3 5/16 in x 5 3/8 in
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
ID Number
MG*328480
accession number
271661
catalog number
328480
subject
Science & Mathematics
Microscopes
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Microscopes
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Weston College, Physics Department
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