History of Science Museum: Collection Database Search

Record Details 2

Culpeper Type Compound Microscope in Case

preview image for Culpeper Type Compound Microscope in Case
Inventory Number: 38777
Object Type: Object
Subject Classification(s): Microscopy  
Accession Number: 1944-1/219
Brief Description: The draw tube is covered in green vellum, with the focusing positions for the objectives marked. The mountings for the eyepiece and objectives are of lignum vitae. The body is covered in ray skin and stands on three copper alloy legs on an octagonal wooden base with a single accessory draw. The copper alloy stage is held by notches in the legs. There are two pinholes and a keyhole slot for accessories. On the underside of the stage are two spring clips to hold a tube and another to hold accessories fitted into the slot (.1).
Accessories include five objectives(.2), stage forceps (.3), a specimen wheel with ten compartments, one of which contains an ebony disc and one an ivory disc (.4), a fishplate (.5), a glass disc that fits the stage hole and three smaller glass discs (.6), a live box (.7), a cone condenser (.13), four ivory sliders containing plant and insect specimens (.8), a talc box of mica discs for sliders and the specimen wheel (.9). There is also a blackened copper alloy eyecup with a lens that does not appear to belong to this instrument (.10), a glass slide (.11), a copper alloy ring (.12).
Microscope is stored in a pyramid shaped wooden case with an internal wooden support (.15). Also stored in the case is a cylindrical leather and card case which contains two glass tubes and a brush with glass handle (.14).
Provenance: Purchased from Dr. Reginald S. Clay with his collection.
Collection Group: Clay Collection
Material(s): Wood
Copper alloy

There are no associated narratives.

Image with multimedia irn 44756Image with multimedia irn 44757

Permalink: http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/object/inv/38777