Microscope (detail)

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probably made in London

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Microscope (detail)

This is a detail of the body of an early compound microscope made around 1715, probably by John Marshall (1659-1722), a scientific instrument maker based in London.

The detail shows the signature 'I.MARSHALL' which has been stamped on on the green leather of the instrument's single draw. The name is framed in gold-impressed tooled motives.

The leather-covered tubes are stamped with gold tooling, a contemporary book-binding decoration characteristic of London optical instruments of this period.

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Online ID: 000-100-104-252-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1974.120
Date: Around 1715
c. 1715
Material: Gold-tooled, pasteboard and green leather body, turned wooden upper body, brass pillar, lead-weighted wooden base. Inscription: I.MARSHALL; Contribute by Edwd Waller Martin
Dimensions: 400 mm H; base 210 mm x 160 mm
What: Microscope, compound / box
Subject: 22. PHYSICS, Light (Departmental Classification)
Who: Edward Waller Martin (Inscribed on the box)
John Marshall, London (Maker)
Where: England, London
Description: Compound microscope signed by John Marshall, London, c. 1715
  • For gold tooling, see Turner, G. L'E., 'Decorative tooling on 17th and 18th century microscopes and telescopes' in Essays on the History of the Microscope, Oxford: 1980 
  • Nuttall, R. H., 'A Marshall Microscope in the Royal Museum of Scotland' in Microscopy 35 (1987), pp 499-509 
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