Microscope

Description
This of six graduated handheld microscopes is housed in a rectangular leather-bound case with two brass hook-and-eye closures. The interior of the case is lined with a faded rust-colored chamois cloth. Each microscope has a brass barrel case with rounded ebony handle. A small pin inside the barrel is used to secure specimens. The uniformity of the workmanship of the microscopes, the simplicity of the turned wooden handles, and the rust-colored, chamois-lined, interior of the case indicates this set was made in the first half of the 19th century.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
ca 1800
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
ebony (overall material)
glass (overall material)
wood (overall material)
leather (overall material)
chomis (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 5.3 cm x 17.3 cm x 16.7 cm; 2 3/32 in x 6 13/16 in x 6 9/16 in
overall, case: 2 1/8 in x 6 3/4 in x 6 5/8 in; 5.3975 cm x 17.145 cm x 16.8275 cm
ID Number
1991.0664.0907
accession number
1991.0664
catalog number
M-06303
collector/donor number
SAP 995
catalog number
1991.0664.0907
Credit Line
Gift of American Pharmaceutical Association and Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
subject
Pharmacy
Microscopy
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Art
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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