This dissecting instrument has a single lens, square stage, sub-stage mirror, steel pillar, square base made of black iron, arm rests, and wooden case. John J. Bausch obtained a patent on the form in 1880. Bausch & Lomb touted it as “the most compact, portable and efficient Dissecting Microscope on the market." The “OGDEN / BOSTON” inscription on this example refers to a microscopist and instrument dealer, as does the paper label reading “From / JOHN T. OGDEN / 168 Tremont St. / Boston.”
This may have been used by Richard Rathbun (1852-1918) or by his sister, Mary Jane Rathbun (1860-1940), both of whom worked at the Smithsonian.
Ref. John J. Bausch, “Microscope,” U.S. Patent 230,688 (Aug. 3, 1880).
Bausch & Lomb, Price List of Microscopes, Objectives and Accessories (Rochester, N.Y., 1884), pp. 6-7.
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Object Name
date made
ca 1880-1890
Ogden, John T.
overall: 2 1/4 in x 6 in x 4 3/4 in; 5.715 cm x 15.24 cm x 12.065 cm
place made
United States: Massachusetts, Boston
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Science & Mathematics
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Division of Marine Invertebrates, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution
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