Microscope

Description
This simple instrument—consisting of a brass cylinder that supports an eyepiece on a horizontal arm, a circular stage, and a sub-stage mirror—stands on and fits into a wooden box small enough to fit in one’s pocket. François-Vincent Raspail (1794-1878), a French scientist and politician, designed the form in the 1820s. In this example, the stage and mirror are missing. The “DELEUIL” inscription refers to an important instrument house in Paris that was established by Louis Joseph Deleuil (1805-1862) and continued by his son, Jean Adrien Deleuil (1825-1894).
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope
date made
19th century
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
wood (overall material)
brass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5 cm x 10.5 cm x 20.4 cm; 1 15/16 in x 4 1/8 in x 8 1/16 in
place made
France: Île-de-France, Paris
ID Number
1995.0308.05.02
accession number
1995.0308
catalog number
1995.0308.05.02
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
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