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made in Nuremberg, Germany

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Toy microscope

This wooden toy microscope was made in Nuremberg in Germany in the early 19th century. It is unsigned.

The side-pillared instrument is on a round wooden stand. Its eyepiece is a replacement. It has no accessories other than the wooden slide.

These toy microscopes, made from soft wood with draw tubes of card and patterned paper, were very lightweight and inexpensive, and were produced in considerable numbers in Bavaria at this date.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-203-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1925.12.2
Date: Early 19th century
Material: Wood
Dimensions: 5.38" D (stand)
What: Microscope, Nuremberg
Subject: 22. PHYSICS, Light (Departmental Classification)
Where: Germany
Germany, Nuremberg
Description: Wooden Nuremberg microscope on a round turned stand, eyepiece missing, early 19th century
  • For Nuremberg microscopes, see Turner, G. L'E. Collecting Microscopes. London, 1981 pp 45-6 
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