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Description
This is a brass screw barrel instrument with several lenses, ivory handle, six ivory slides, and wooden box covered with dark fish skin. James Wilson, an optical instrument maker in London, described the form in 1702. He did not make the first instruments of this sort, and never claimed to, but the form was often associated with him.
Ref: James Wilson, “The Description and Manner of Using a Late Invented Set of Small Pocket-Microscopes, Made by James Wilson,” Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London 23 (1702): 1241-1247.
Reginald Clay and Thomas Court, The History of the Microscope (London, 1932), pp. 44-50.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1730-1760
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
glass (overall material)
ivory (overall material)
wood (overall material)
shargreen (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 1 3/4 in x 5 1/2 in x 3 3/4 in; 4.445 cm x 13.97 cm x 9.525 cm
ID Number
1991.0664.0906
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-06302
collector/donor number
SAP 994
catalog number
1991.0664.0906
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
Microscopy
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European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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