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Microscope

Microscope

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Description
In the mid-1870s, The Industrial Publication Co. of New York offered a “Handy Compound Pocket Microscope” that sold for $7.50 and that was “capable of giving a clear and well defined view of the general form of such objects as urinary deposits, diatoms, desmids, etc.” This example seems to be an instrument of that sort. It is a tiny monocular with push-pull focus, rectangular stage, sub-stage mirror, inclination joint, and circular base.
Ref: “Handy Compound Pocket Microscope,” The Technologist, or Industrial Monthly 5 (1874): 108.
The Industrial Publication Co., Priced and Descriptive Catalogue of Microscopes and Accessory Apparatus and Instruments (New York, n.d.): back cover.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope
date made
ca 1874
Physical Description
nickel plating (overall material)
brass (overall material)
glass (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 10.8 cm x 4.4 cm x 4.8 cm; 4 1/4 in x 1 23/32 in x 1 7/8 in
ID Number
MG.256202.01
accession number
256202
catalog number
256202.01
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Science & Mathematics
Microscopes
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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