Compound monocular microscope with double nosepiece, mechanical stage, trunnion, Abbe condenser, Lister limb with sub-stage mirror, and tripod foot. It has a diagonal rackwork for coarse adjustment, and long lever for fine focus. The stand is brass finished in black enamel. The inscription reads “W. WATSON & SONS / 313 HIGH HOLBORN / LONDON.” The serial number is 5211.

This form, termed the Edinburgh Student’s Microscope, was introduced in 1889 and remained in production for decades. It incorporated suggestions made by Alexander Edington, a lecturer on bacteriology at Edinburgh University. The several versions were designated A through H. This example is an H.

Ref: T.N. Clarke, A.D. Morrison-Low, and A.D.C. Simpson, Brass & Glass (Edinburgh, 1989), p. 87.

Date Made: early 20th century

Maker: W. Watson & Sons

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United Kingdom: England, London

Subject: Science & Scientific Instruments


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Credit Line: David W. Johnson

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1985.3006.01Catalog Number: 1985.3006.01Nonaccession Number: 1985.3006

Object Name: microscope

Measurements: case: 32 cm x 18.9 cm x 20.6 cm; 12 5/8 in x 7 7/16 in x 8 1/8 inmicroscope: 28.8 cm x 17 cm x 19 cm; 11 5/16 in x 6 11/16 in x 7 1/2 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-f0ae-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1366671

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