Beck’s Improved National Monocular Microscope is a compound instrument with coarse and fine focus, circular stage, sub-stage bar that holds condenser and mirror and that can swing around the stage, inclination joint, and tri-leg base. This example came from the U.S. Military Academy. The inscription on the base reads “R. & J. BECK / LONDON & PHILADELPHIA.” The serial number 10198 appears on the back of one foot. There is a strong wooden box, and small wooden box holding 3 objectives and 3 eyepieces.

R. & J. Beck began in business, as such, in 1865, and by 1877 had established an American shop under the leadership of W. H. Walmsley.

Ref: R. & J. Beck, An Illustrated Catalogue of Microscopes and Accessories (Philadelphia, 1891), pp. 18-19.

Date Made: ca 1890

Maker: R. & J. Beck

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United Kingdom: England, London

Subject: Science & Scientific Instruments


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Credit Line: U.S. Military Academy

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-09791Accession Number: 217544Catalog Number: M-9791

Object Name: microscope

Physical Description: brass (overall material)glass (overall material)Measurements: case: 17 in x 9 11/16 in x 7 13/16 in; 43.18 cm x 24.60625 cm x 19.84375 cmmicroscope: 14 5/8 in x 8 in x 6 7/8 in; 37.1475 cm x 20.32 cm x 17.4625 cm

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Record Id: nmah_1174456

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