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.
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Object Name
magnifying glasses
microscope, hand-held, set
date made
ca 1800
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
ebony (overall material)
glass (overall material)
wood (overall material)
leather (overall material)
chomis (overall material)
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
accession number
catalog number
collector/donor number
SAP 995
catalog number
Health & Medicine
European Apothecary
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
European Apothecary
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Bristol-Myers Squibb Company
Related Publication
Urdang, George and Ferdinand William Nitardy. The Squibb Ancient Pharmacy: A Catalogue of the Collection

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