- This convertible instrument can be used as either a simple microscope or a compound monocular. It has rack and pinion, stage, and sub-stage mirror, and it fits into and stands on a small wooden box. The “Carey, LONDON” inscription refers to a large, long-lived, and prolific family of instruments makers known variously as Cary and Carey. Charles Gould, an employee of William Cary, described the form in 1827, and probably devised it as well.
- Ref: William Gould, The Companion to the Microscope and a Description of C. Gould’s Improved Pocket Compound Microscope, Which has all the Uses of the Single, Compound, and Opaque Microscopes (London, 1827).
- G. L’E. Turner, The Great Age of the Microscope (Bristol, 1989), pp. 79-85.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- date made
- ca 1830
- Cary, William
- place made
- United Kingdom: England, London
- overall: 1 5/16 in x 3 3/4 in x 3 1/4 in; 3.33375 cm x 9.525 cm x 8.255 cm
- ID Number
- catalog number
- accession number
- Science & Scientific Instruments
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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