Microscope

Description:

Compound monocular microscope with cardboard tubes, the outer one covered with sharkskin. The base and fittings are wood. The three S-shaped legs are brass, as is the circular stage and the sub-stage mirror on a swivel mount. The form was designed in the 1720s by the English optician, Edmund Culpeper. Some features of this example—notably the shape of the legs—suggest the work of Matthew Loft.

Ref: Reginald Clay and Thomas Court, The History of the Microscope (London, 1932), pp. 118-122.

Date Made: mid 18th century

Location: Currently not on view

Subject: Science & Scientific Instruments

Subject:

See more items in: Medicine and Science: Medicine, Microscopes, Science & Mathematics

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Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: MG.M-09715Catalog Number: M-09715Accession Number: 236254

Object Name: microscopeOther Terms: Medicine

Physical Description: wood (stand material)brass (microscope material)fish skin (barrel material)Measurements: overall: 16 5/8 in x 6 3/4 in x 7 in; 42.2275 cm x 17.145 cm x 17.78 cm

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-64bc-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_728047

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