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Compound Microscope with Accessories, by William Matthews, London, c. 1860

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Inventory Number: 38121
Object Type: Object
Persons: William Matthews
Date Created: circa 1860
Place Created: London England United Kingdom Europe
Subject Classification(s): Microscopy  
Accession Number: 1970-101/part
Brief Description: Compound microscope with limb, stand and stage, body tube, eyepiece, eyecup and stage plate. The microscope's cylindrical limb is supported on trunnions on a cast iron stand. Two mill-edged knobs rack a bar, with a triangular section, up from within the limb. The monocular body tube screws into an arm fixed to the top of the bar. The eyepiece pushes into the top of the body and the lower end has an internal thread to take objectives. A vertical screw on the side of the body operates the fine focus. The stage is mounted on the limb at the level of the trunnions. The stage plate has a shelf to support specimens and slides on a dovetail mounting. A plano-concave mirror is carried on a sliding sleeve at the lower end of the limb. Finished in black lacquer. This type of construction is familiar as the 'Society of Arts' pattern.
Primary Inscriptions: "W. Matthews 8 Portugal St. London" on the arm, and " P.T.B. Beale" on the sticker on the base.
Provenance: Lent by the Royal Microscopical Society. Formerly belonged to Lionel S Beale FRS, President RMS 1879-80. Presented to RMS by Peyton Todd Bowman Beale FRMS, 20 November 1907.
Collection Group: Royal Microscopical Society Collection
Material(s): Copper alloy


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