Microscope

Description
This is a small magnifying glass in a metal frame that, according to the text on its cardboard box, was designed “For examining bank notes, minerals, flowers, seeds, linen, etc., etc.” It was designed and sold by Laban Heath (1837-1894), a New England engraver who specialized in detecting counterfeit currency. This was collected by Richard Halsted Ward (1837-1917), a noted medical microscopist, or his son, Henry B. Ward, a pioneering parasitologist.
Ref: Laban Heath, “Stand for Magnifying Glass,” U.S. Patent 198542 (Dec. 25, 1877).
Laban Heath, Heath’s Infallible Government Counterfeit Detector (Boston, 1878).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope
date made
ca 1880
maker
Heath, Laban
Measurements
overall: 4 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in x 1 1/8 in; 10.795 cm x 6.35 cm x 2.8575 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
MG*M-09745
accession number
174919
catalog number
M-09745
174919.30
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
Miss Charlotte B. Ward

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