Microscope

Description
This is a rugged compound monocular with coarse and fine focus, square mechanical stage, trunion, and Lister limb with sub-stage mirror. The body is brass; the horseshoe base is black cast iron. The inscription reads “R. FIELD & SON / OPTICIANS / NEW STREET / BIRMINGHAM.” In 1855, Robert Field of Birmingham won the prize that the Society of Arts in London offered for the best microscope costing just three Guineas, and by 1861 he had sold some 1800 instruments of this sort.
Ref: William Carpenter, The Microscope and Its Revelations (London, 1868), p. 58.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1850-1900
place made
United Kingdom: England, Birmingham, Birmingham
Measurements
overall: 14 5/8 in x 6 1/2 in x 7 1/4 in; 37.1475 cm x 16.51 cm x 18.415 cm
ID Number
MG.M-12346
catalog number
M-12346
282176.02
accession number
282176
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Microscopes
Science & Mathematics
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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