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Compound Microscope in Case, by Culpeper, English, c. 1725

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Inventory Number: 43576
Object Type: microscope
Persons: Edmund Culpeper
Date Created: circa 1725
Place Created: England United Kingdom Europe
Subject Classification(s): Microscopy  
Accession Number: 1944-1/215
Brief Description: Compound Microscope, manufactured by Culpeper. The instrument stands on a circular wooden base with a concave mirror at its centre. Three turned brass legs support the stage and three shorter legs on the stage, spaced between the lower legs, hold the body tube. The stage has two pinholes and a sunken centre that holds a glass disc. The body is pasteboard covered in rayskin. The draw tube is pasteboard covered in green vellum and the focusing positions are marked. A lignum vitae fitting, with the eye lens and a brass dust cover screws onto a lignum vitae collar at the top on the tube above the field lens. The cylindrical, lignum vitae nose screws into a disc the base of the tube and has an external brass thread for objectives. Microscope is stored in a wooden pyramid case with a red felt lined drawer for accessories. These comprise five ivory sliders, each with four specimens, a circular spring stage and a glass fishplate inscribed with the words, "This Glass is to Lay ye Fish on to See ye Circulation of the Blood &c.".
Primary Inscriptions: Trade card in case.
Provenance: Purchased from Dr. Reginald S. Clay with his collection.
Collection Group: Clay Collection
Material(s): Lignum vitae
copper alloy
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
340 134 mm

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