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probably made in Aberdeen

Postcard of Microscope.
© National Museums Scotland


This brass pocket microscope was made in the early 19th century, probably by William Duncan, a scientific instrument maker based in Aberdeen.

The mahogany, velvet-lined box contains parts that assemble into a free-standing compound microscope. The microscope's focusing is by rack-and-pinion. The accessories include four objectives, forceps, tweezers, and ivory and bone slides.

William Duncan had premises at 46 Dee Street in 1841, and at 92 Union Street from 1842 to 1849.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-676-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1925.13
Date: Early 19th century
Material: Brass / polished wooden case
Dimensions: 7.00" x 5.63" x 1.44" (box)
What: Microscope, pocket / case / microscope accessory
Subject: 22. PHYSICS, Light (Departmental Classification)
Who: W. Duncan, Aberdeen (Instrument maker)
Where: Scotland, Aberdeenshire, Aberdeen
Description: Pocket microscope in brass, in a polished wooden case, with various accessories, by W. Duncan, Aberdeen, early 19th century
  • Bryden, D.J. Scottish Scientific Instrument Makers 1660-1900. Edinburgh, 1972. p 47 
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