Oliver Wendell Holmes (1809-1894), noted physician and author, designed this microscope stand for use in the classes he taught at the Harvard Medical School. It was light-weight, rugged, and relatively-inexpensive, and could be passed from one student to another. It was introduced in 1875, proved fairly popular, and remained on the market for about fifteen years.

A comparison of contemporary advertisements and extant examples shows several minor variations. In our example, the wooden base is shaped like an elongated figure-eight, and the microscope stands on an oval riser. The lamp is missing. A brass tag on the base is inscribed “James W. Queen & Co. / Philadelphia New York” and “Holmes.”

Ref: James W. Queen & Co., Priced and Illustrated Catalogue of Optical Instruments (Philadelphia, 1883), p. 112.

Date Made: 1875-1890

Maker: Queen and Company

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Science & Scientific Instruments


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Credit Line: Rutgers University, Department of Physics

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.327631Accession Number: 268279Catalog Number: 327631

Object Name: microscope

Physical Description: brass (microscope material)wood (microscope material)iron (microscope material)brown (overall color)green (overall color)black (overall color)wood (case material)Measurements: microscope: 26.6 cm x 10.5 cm x 30 cm; 10 1/2 in x 4 1/8 in x 11 13/16 incase: 29.2 cm x 18.3 cm x 33.1 cm; 11 1/2 in x 7 3/16 in x 13 1/16 in

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Record Id: nmah_1060257

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