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Optical Cabinet, by Benjamin Martin, London, c. 1780

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Inventory Number: 45432
Object Type:
Persons: Benjamin Martin
Date Created: c. 1780
Place Created: London England United Kingdom Europe
Subject Classification(s): Microscopy  
Brief Description: The mahogany case contains optical instruments. These include a brass solar microscope, with worm and rack movements for the rectangular mirror. The screw-barrel slide carrier has three projection lenses and can function as a hand held microscope. Also a brass drum microscope with three objectives and a telescope. The telescope has an outer tube covered in green shagreen and three inner tubes covered with green vellum. The first inner tube is signed by the maker. The accessories with these instruments are two shutter screws, a brass dish with a glass bottom, two lenses in a card box and five ivory sliders. The supports and the lid of the case are covered in green felt.
Primary Inscriptions: "Martin London" on the telescope
Provenance: Purchased from Dr. Reginald S. Clayin 1944.
Collection Group: Clay Collection
Material(s): Brass
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
72 338 155 mm


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