Microscope

Description
With the brass tube in place, this is a compound monocular with circular stage and sub-stage mirror. With the tube removed, it is a simple microscope. The form was introduced by George Adams, Jr., of London, in the late-eighteenth century, and remained popular for several decades. Examples by various English makers have been recorded. This example has a wooden box, and several ivory sliders. The “R. Huntley / 52 High Holborn / LONDON” inscription refers to Robert Huntley, an instrument maker in business from 1811-1840. A paper label inside the box reads “WILLIAM HARRIS & CO. / MANUFACTURERS . . . / cleaned & adjusted, Jan. 9, 1838.”
This belonged to Augustus Alvey Adee (1802-1844), a Yale graduate who served a surgeon in the U.S. Navy.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope
date made
1811-1835
maker
Huntley, Robert
Physical Description
brass (microscope material)
wood (case material)
metal (case material)
ivory (case material)
glass (microscope material)
Measurements
microscope: 37 cm x 23 cm x 52 cm; 14 9/16 in x 9 1/16 in x 20 1/2 in
case of accessories: 2 7/8 in x 15 13/16 in x 11 1/2 in; 7.3025 cm x 40.16375 cm x 29.21 cm
place made
United Kingdom: England, London
ID Number
MG*M-09778
catalog number
M-9778
accession number
100338
catalog number
100338.01
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
Microscopes
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Microscopes
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
U.S. Naval Medical School
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