Microscope

Microscope

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Description
Zacharias Janssen (1585-ca. 1630) was a Dutch spectacle maker who, according to William Boreel, a contemporary Dutch diplomat, made the first compound microscope in the 1590s and the first telescope soon thereafter. Boreel also described a Janssen microscope held erect in a base with three Dolphin-like feet. The Smithsonian example is a replica of that instrument.
Ref: Savile Bradbury, The Evolution of the Microscope (Oxford, 1967), pp. 23-25.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope
microscope, replica
date made
1936-1944
maker
Lucas, Joseph D.
place made
United States: Ohio, Cleveland
Measurements
overall: 54.5 cm x 24.5 cm; 21 15/32 in x 9 21/32 in
ID Number
MG.M-12226
catalog number
M-12226
accession number
271793
Credit Line
Mrs. Joseph D. Lucas
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Microscopes
Science & Mathematics
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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