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This is a small compound monocular with push-pull focus, square stage, trunion mount, Lister-limb with sub-stage mirror, and wooden box. An inscription on the dark green base reads “UNIVERSAL HOUSEHOLD MICROSCOPE / JAMES W. QUEEN & Co PHILADELPHIA.” Queen boasted that this inexpensive form was “well calculated not only to amuse but instruct young persons, and thereby foster a taste for the study of Natural History.” But where this example was made, and by whom, has not been determined.
Ref: James W. Queen & Co., Priced and Illustrated Catalogue of Optical Instruments (Philadelphia, 1870), p. 35.
James W. Queen & Co., Priced and Illustrated Catalogue of Microscopes and Accessories (Philadelphia, 1890), pp. 33-35.
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Object Name
date made
Queen, James W.
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
overall: 19.1 cm x 7.6 cm x 9.5 cm; 7 1/2 in x 3 in x 3 3/4 in
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Science & Scientific Instruments
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National Museum of American History
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