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Caldwell Automatic Microtome and Blade Case, by Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company, Cambridge, 1884

Inventory Number: 85637
Object Type:
Place Created: England United Kingdom Europe
Accession Number: 1970-41
Brief Description: Caldwell Automatic Microtome, manufactured by Cambridge Scientifc Instrument Company, 1884.

Sledge microtome, constructed of Fe alloy, with Cu alloy ratchets and mechanism. Features a paraffin wax block, containing a specimen sample which can be advanced mechanically by a ratchet after each pass under the knife. The cutting blade is a cut-throat razor, held in position by two screw clamps. Razor still has its plastic cover attached, and is engraved on the reverse: "THE ROYAL [royal arms] NAVY RAZOR".
Microtome has a signed brass plaque reading : 'CAMBRIDGE SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENT COMPANY 1884'. The number "14" is stamped in at least 7 positions on the object. Presumably this is a manufacturing batch number.
The attachment for receiving the continuous section ribbon is missing.
Modern sticky label attached to base with inventory number: '85637'

Card case for holding cutting blade. Case seperates into two halves.
Primary Inscriptions: Signed on a brass plaque: 'CAMBRIDGE SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENT COMPANY 1884'. Reverse of cutting blade: "THE ROYAL [royal arms] NAVY RAZOR". Accompanying blade case stamped "THOMAS [TURNER] & Co / SUFFOLK WORKS. / SHEFFIELD ENG." and "TRADE MARK / [symbol] / ENCORE".
Provenance: Transferred from the Department of Zoology, Oxford, in 1970, per Professor Pringle.
Collection Group:
Material(s): Cast iron
Cu alloy
vegetal fibre cord
wax
plastic
paint
Wood
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
235 496 230 mm

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Caldwell Automatic Microtome, by Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company, Cambridge, 1884

Inventory Number: 85637
Object Type:
Place Created: England United Kingdom Europe
Accession Number: 1970-41
Brief Description: .1- Sledge microtome, constructed of Fe alloy, with Cu alloy ratchets and mechanism. Features a paraffin wax block, containing a specimen sample which can be advanced mechanically by a ratchet after each pass under the knife. The cutting blade is a cut-throat razor, held in position by two screw clamps. Razor still has its plastic cover attached, and is engraved on the reverse: "THE ROYAL [royal arms] NAVY RAZOR".
Microtome has a signed brass plaque reading : 'CAMBRIDGE SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENT COMPANY 1884'. The number "14" is stamped in at least 7 positions on the object. Presumably this is a manufacturing batch number.
The attachment for receiving the continuous section ribbon is missing.
Modern sticky label attached to base with inventory number: '85637'
Primary Inscriptions: Signed on a brass plaque: 'CAMBRIDGE SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENT COMPANY 1884'. Reverse of cutting blade: 'THE ROYAL [royal arms] NAVY RAZOR'
Provenance: Transferred from the Department of Zoology, Oxford, in 1970, per Professor Pringle.
Collection Group:
Material(s): Cast iron
Cu alloy
vegetal fibre cord
wax
plastic
paint
Wood
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
235 496 230 mm

Narratives

Permalink: http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/object/inv/85637

Blade Case for Caldwell Automatic Microtome, by Cambridge Scientific Instrument Company, Cambridge, 1884

Inventory Number: 85637
Object Type:
Place Created: England United Kingdom Europe
Accession Number: 1970-41
Brief Description: Card case for holding cutting blade. Case seperates into two halves.
Primary Inscriptions: Blade case stamped "THOMAS [TURNER] & Co / SUFFOLK WORKS. / SHEFFIELD ENG." and "TRADE MARK / [symbol] / ENCORE".
Provenance: Transferred from the Department of Zoology, Oxford, in 1970, per Professor Pringle.
Collection Group:
Material(s): Cast iron
Cu alloy
vegetal fibre cord
wax
plastic
paint
Wood
Dimensions:
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
235 496 230 mm

Narratives

Permalink: http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/object/inv/85637