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Inventory no. 17260 - Former Display Label

English POCKET or SCREW-BARREL MICROSCOPE with ACCESSORIES
c.1706

Ivory, brass, etc.; with a velvet-lined fish-skin case. Unsigned and undated, but probably by James Wilson (c.1665-1730) who made the object-glass of the wooden 9-foot refractor telescope in the Orrery Collection (and shown in this case).

This instrument corresponds to the improved type of pocket-microscope described in Wilson's second account of his microscope (1706), and is complete with handle, lens, and object forceps. In the tinned metal cylinder (shown alongside) are glass tubes of the type used with a Wilson pocket microscope for holding specimens and preparations not suitable for making into slides.

[Orrery Collection, ?no. 26 or 39]
Lent by Christ Church.

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