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probably made in London

Postcard of Microscope.
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This brass solar microscope dates from the late 18th century. Probably bought-in from London, it was retailed by John Gibson, a scientific instrument maker based in Kelso in the Borders.

The microscope is stored in a fitted wooden case. Its accessories include six alternative objectives, brass and ivory slides, brass wire, cover slips and two manuscripts: 'Description of the Microscopic Apparatus' and 'Objects in the Slides'.

The manuscripts show that John Gibson put together the slides himself.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-838-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1988.84
Date: Late 18th century
Material: Brass / wooden case. Inscription: Gibson Kelso; Description of the Microscope Apparatus made and sold by John Gibson Optician Kelso; Objectives in the sli
Dimensions: 310 mm x 160 mm x 75 mm / 350 mm x 200 mm x 120 mm
What: Microscope, solar / case
Who: John Gibson, Kelso, Scotland (Retailer)
Where: Scotland, Roxburghshire, Kelso
Description: Solar microscope of brass, with accessories in a wooden case, by John Gibson of Kelso, late 18th century
  • Sinclair, Sir John (ed). Statistical Account of Scotland. Edinburgh: Blackwood, 1845. p 591 
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