Microscope

Description
Simple microscopes came into use in the seventeenth century and, being less expensive than compound instruments, and often showing more details as well, remained popular for quite some time. This example is brass, with an ivory handle and iron forceps to hold the specimen. Historians refer to this form as a “compass” microscope, presumably reflecting its resemblance to a drawing compass. Many similar pieces are known, but few are signed.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
glass (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 3/4 in x 7/8 in x 4 1/2 in; 4.445 cm x 2.2225 cm x 11.43 cm
ID Number
MG*281267.08
catalog number
M-12323
accession number
281267
catalog number
281267.08
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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