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Microscope

Microscope

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Description
This is a stereoscopic instrument with coarse and fine focus, triple revolving nosepiece, square glass stage, inclination joint and U-shaped base. The inscription reads “SPENCER / BUFFALO / USA.” The 154908 serial number indicates a date of 1939. It came from Oscar W. Richards (1902-1988), a biologist and microscopist who worked with the Spencer Lens Co.
Ref: Spencer Lens Co., Spencer Stereoscopic Microscopes (Buffalo, N.Y., 1939), pp. 2-3.
Spencer Lens Co. ad in Science 91 (April 12, 1940): 6-7.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope
date made
1939
maker
Spencer Lens Company
place made
United States: New York, Buffalo
Physical Description
glass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 38 cm x 13.2 cm x 19.8 cm; 14 15/16 in x 5 3/16 in x 7 13/16 in
ID Number
1986.0500.182
catalog number
1986.0500.182
accession number
1986.0500
Credit Line
Gift of Oscar W. Richards, Ph.D
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Science & Mathematics
Microscopes
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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