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Compound Microscope, French, Late 18th Century

Inventory Number: 54160
Object Type: microscope
Place Created: France Europe
Subject Classification(s): Microscopy  
Accession Number:
Brief Description: The instrument consists of a chest with ormolu decoration, standing on four paw feet. A sliding panel can be removed from the front of the chest to reveal a rotating disk with four apertures. Behind this is the substage mirror. The top of the chest has a circular hole. On each side is a stage bracket with a spring clip. Stage forceps on a swivelling mount are set in front of the hole, between the brackets. A pillar with a rectangular cross section supports an arm holding the body tube. The arm slides on the pillar for coarse focusing and a vertical screw on the rear of the pillar operates the fine focus. A short draw tube pushes into the top of the body. It has an eye lens and a field lens in wooden mounts. A wooden fitting at the lower end of the body holds the objective lens. The body tube is covered in black leather and the draw tube is covered in green vellum.
Primary Inscriptions:
Provenance: Purchased from Dr. Reginald S. Clay with his collection
Collection Group:
Material(s): Brass
Wood
Ormolu
Leather
Vellum
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
385 155 180 mm

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