This form of sliding microtome was suggested by Dr. Rudolf Thoma (1847-1923), Professor of Microscopic Anatomy at the University of Heidelberg. The first examples were produced by Rudolph Jung (1845-1900), a precision instrument maker in Heidelberg. By 1883, the form was well known in Europe and the United States. This example was probably made by Jung, and used by biologists at the Smithsonian.

Ref: “Thoma’s Sliding Microtome,” The American Naturalist 17 (1883): 992-994.

“Thoma’s Sliding Microtome,” Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society 3 (1883): 298-303.

Chicago. World’s Columbian Exhibition, Special Catalogue of the Collective Exhibition of Scientific Instruments and Appliances Exhibited by the Deutsche Gesellshaft fur Mechanik und Optik (Berlin, 1893), pp. 24-34, on 26.

Maker: Jung, Rudolph

Location: Currently not on view

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.163004.04Accession Number: 163004Catalog Number: 163004.04M-9785

Object Name: microscope coll objectmicrotome

Measurements: overall.: 3 3/4 in x 7 1/4 in x 4 1/2 in; 9.525 cm x 18.415 cm x 11.43 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746ac-da7c-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_1368474

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