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Compound Microscope and Case, by George Adams, London, c. 1750

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Inventory Number: 49623
Object Type: microscope
Persons: George Adams
Date Created: Third Quarter 18th Century
Place Created: Fleet Street London England United Kingdom Europe
Subject Classification(s): Clay Collection  
Accession Number: 1944-1/232
Brief Description: Adams Universal.
The octagonal brass pillar stands on a flat-folding tripod. A horseshoe mount holding the concave mirror fits a socket on one of the feet. A cylindrical inner pillar slides up from within the stand and a wheel with eight objectives is attached to the top by a mill-headed screw. This instrument can be used as a simple microscope with a dyed black ivory eyepiece or with a black ivory body tube that screw into a bracket on the wheel. Two brass rings form the stage. The lower is set on a sliding mounting and is held in place by a tightening screw. The wooden fitted case is covered with black fishskin and lined with green velvet. The accessories it contains are three Lieberkuhn and a carrier, two sets of stage forceps, one with a cork disc, a brass and glass specimen holder, an ivory talc box, an ivory black and white disc in a brass mount, a fishplate, two pairs of brass forceps and five ivory sliders.
Primary Inscriptions: "Invented & made by G. Adams at Tycho Brahe Head. Fleet Street, London."
Provenance: Purchased from Dr. Reginald S. Clay with his collection.
Collection Group: Clay Collection
Material(s): Brass
Back ivory
Height Width Depth Diameter Unit
235 105 mm


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