Microscope

Description
This is a convertible instrument that can be used as either a simple microscope or a compound monocular. It has rack and pinion, stage, and sub-stage mirror, and it fits into and stands on a small wooden box. The “Carey, LONDON” inscription refers to a large, long-lived, and prolific family of instruments makers known variously as Cary and Carey. Charles Gould, an employee of William Cary, described the form in 1827, and probably devised it as well.
Ref: William Gould, The Companion to the Microscope and a Description of C. Gould’s Improved Pocket Compound Microscope, Which has all the Uses of the Single, Compound, and Opaque Microscopes (London, 1827).
G. L’E. Turner, The Great Age of the Microscope (Bristol, 1989), pp. 79-85.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1830
maker
Cary, William
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
Measurements
overall: 1 5/16 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 3.33375 cm x 9.525 cm x 8.255 cm
ID Number
MG.308784.01
catalog number
308784.01
accession number
308784
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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