Solar Microscope

Instruments of this sort were introduced around 1740 and were still popular in the nineteenth century. This example may have been made in Paris around 1850 and used for public lectures at the Smithsonian. It is incomplete: just the mirror and window frame remain.
Ref: Lerebours et Secretan, Catalogue et Prix des Instruments (Paris, 1853), pp. 11-12.
Deborah Warner, “Projection Apparatus for Science in Antebellum America,” Rittenhouse 6 (1992): 87-94.
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Object Name
solar microscope
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
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Science & Mathematics
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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