Microscope

Description
This is a small glass cylinder with brass fittings, enclosed in a cardboard case. Inside the cylinder is a Diamond Beetle, an animal from Brazil described as “one of the most magnificent of microscopic objects.” The donor, the first head keeper at the National Zoo, gave this to the Smithsonian in 1943, stating that it had been in his family for over 90 years.
Ref: W. L. Notcutt, A Handbook of the Microscope and Microscopic Objects (London, 1859), p. 92.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
mid 19th century
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 3 1/4 in x 2.25 cm; 8.255 cm x 7/8 in
ID Number
MG.164882.01
catalog number
164882.01
M-09787
accession number
164882
Credit Line
William Blackburne
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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