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Compound monocular with condenser lens on a folding arm, micrometer screw adjustment, inclination joint, rectangular stage, sub-stage mirror, and V-shaped base. The “S. PLOESSL & CIE / WEIN” inscription refers to Simon Plössl (1794-1868), an accomplished optician in Vienna. The firm he founded in 1823 was still in business in the 1870s.
Currently not on view
Object Name
case, microscope
date made
mid 19th century
Plossl, Simon
place made
Hapsburg Empire: Austria-Hungary, Vienna
Physical Description
brass (overall material)
glass (overall material)
overall: 10 1/2 in x 4 1/8 in x 5 1/2 in; 26.67 cm x 10.4775 cm x 13.97 cm
ID Number
accession number
catalog number
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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Plossl & Cie is the name of the company which succeeded Plossl after his death in 1868. The Plossl & Cie company was in business from 1868 to 1905.

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