- John Marshall (1663-1725) was an optical instrument maker in London whose “Great Double Microscope” introduced in around 1693 was similar in many ways to Hooke’s instrument. A compound binocular with cardboard tube, wooden fittings, and screw focus, it attached to a pillar that sat atop a ball and socket joint. It had a glass stage, a sub-stage mirror, and a wooden based with drawer to hold accessories. The form remained popular throughout the century. The Smithsonian’s example is a replica based on the illustration in John Harris, Lexicon Technicum (London, 1704), art. “Microscopes.”
- Ref: John Mayall, Cantor Lectures on the Microscope (London, 1886), pp. 36-37.
- Reginald Clay and Thomas Court, The History of the Microscope (London, 1932), pp. 90-107.
- Currently not on view
- Object Name
- microscope, replica
- date made
- Lucas, Joseph D.
- place made
- United States: Ohio, Cleveland
- stand: 5 cm x 23 cm x 22 cm; 1 31/32 in x 9 1/16 in x 8 21/32 in
- barrel: 54 cm x 16 cm x 13 cm; 21 1/4 in x 6 5/16 in x 5 1/8 in
- ID Number
- catalog number
- accession number
- Credit Line
- Mrs. Joseph D. Lucas
- Science & Scientific Instruments
- Data Source
- National Museum of American History
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