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made in England

Postcard of Microscope.
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This microscope was made in England around 1740. It is built to a design by Matthew Loft developed from Edward Culpeper 's (c. 1666-1738) original type of 1725.

The microscope has brass tripod supporting the stage and body-tube. There is a mirror below the stage. The instrument is mounted on an eight-sided octagonal wooden base and its accessories include numbered objectives, ivory slides and glass grounds.

The Culpeper form of tripod microscope proved extremely popular from about 1725 to the end of the 18th century: all that changed was the materials. It incorporates a substage mirror, and its construction was more rigid than the side-pillar design.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-235-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1967.151
Date: Around 1740
c. 1740
Material: Black and white polished shagreen outer, green vellum inner, brass legs, wooden base, ivory slides, brass wheel, glass
Dimensions: 20.75" H; 16.00" H
What: Microscope, compound / case
Subject: 22. PHYSICS, Light (Departmental Classification)
Who: Culpeper (Eponym)
Where: England
Description: 'Culpeper Type' compound microscope, in a pyramidal wooden case, made in England about 1740
  • Turner, G. L'E. Collecting Microscopes. London, 1981 pp 36-43 
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