Dissecting microscope with a single lens, square stage, sub-stage mirror, steel pillar, square base made of black iron, arm rests, and wooden case. John J. Bausch obtained a patent on the form in 1880. Bausch & Lomb touted it as “the most compact, portable and efficient Dissecting Microscope on the market." The “OGDEN / BOSTON” inscription on this example refers to a microscopist and instrument dealer, as does the paper label reading “From / JOHN T. OGDEN / 168 Tremont St. / Boston.”

This may have been used by Richard Rathbun (1852-1918) or by his sister, Mary Jane Rathbun (1860-1940), both of whom worked at the Smithsonian.

Ref. John J. Bausch, “Microscope,” U.S. Patent 230,688 (Aug. 3, 1880).

Bausch & Lomb, Price List of Microscopes, Objectives and Accessories (Rochester, N.Y., 1884), pp. 6-7.

Date Made: ca 1880-1890

Maker: Ogden, John T.

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: Massachusetts, Boston

Subject: Science & Scientific Instruments


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Credit Line: Division of Marine Invertebrates, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.163004.01Catalog Number: M-9782163004.01Accession Number: 163004

Object Name: microscope

Measurements: overall: 2 1/4 in x 6 in x 4 3/4 in; 5.715 cm x 15.24 cm x 12.065 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-b218-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1351423

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