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Simple Microscope, by George Lindsay, London, 1742

Inventory Number: 51943
Object Type: Object
Persons: George Lindsay
Date Created: 1743
Place Created: London United Kingdom (England) Europe
Accession Number: 1970-101/part
Brief Description: Commonly called the 'snuff-box microscope'. The flat folding tripod has a threaded socket for the pillar, which is in two parts. Objective number 1 is set in a silver lieberkuhn. There is another lieberkuhn for use with other objective lenses. Objectives 2 to 7 are mounted in two strips of brass that dovetail under the eye-cup. The wooden box is covered in black leather and lined green velvet (the lid is marked 22 in pencil). A paper label inside the lid advertises "G Lindsay Watch & Clockmaker to his Royal Highness ye Prince of Wales at ye Dial near Catherine Street in ye Strand. Inventor & Maker of ye Generally portable microscope". Other accessories include a fish-plate, stage, forceps, tweezers, four sliders and an ivory container for brass split rings.
Primary Inscriptions: "Geo: Lindsay Invr & Fecr". Serial No. 22 stamped behind eyepiece; date 1742 (sic) stamped under base plate.
Provenance: Lent by the Royal Microscopical Society. No record of acquisition but owned by RMS in 1895.
Collection Group:
Material(s): Brass and silver (wood
leather and velvet).


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