In the mid-1870s, The Industrial Publication Co. of New York offered a “Handy Compound Pocket Microscope” that cost $7.50 and was “capable of giving a clear and well defined view of the general form of such objects as urinary deposits, diatoms, desmids, etc.” This example seems to be of that sort. It is a tiny monocular with push-pull focus, rectangular stage, sub-stage mirror, inclination joint, and circular base.

Ref: “Handy Compound Pocket Microscope,” The Technologist, or Industrial Monthly 5 (1874): 108.

The Industrial Publication Co., Priced and Descriptive Catalogue of Microscopes and Accessory Apparatus and Instruments (New York, n.d.): back cover.

Date Made: ca 1874

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Science & Scientific Instruments


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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.256202.01Accession Number: 256202Catalog Number: 256202.01

Object Name: microscopeOther Terms: microscope; Moncoular; Compound

Physical Description: nickel plating (overall material)brass (overall material)glass (overall material)Measurements: overall: 10.8 cm x 4.4 cm x 4.8 cm; 4 1/4 in x 1 23/32 in x 1 7/8 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a9-0c42-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1060149

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