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Probably made in Glasgow

Postcard of Microscope.
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This brass microscope was made around 1870, probably by Gardner & Co., scientific instrument makers based in Glasgow. The microscope was smaller than other models and was aimed at the student market.

The microscope has rack-and-pinion focusing. It is signed on the back of the two-toed base 'Gardner,/ 53 BUCHANAN ST/ Glasgow'.

Gardner & Co. had premises at 21 Buchanan Street from 1839 to 1859, and at 53 Buchanan Street from 1860 to 1882.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-754-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1980.117
Date: Around 1870
c. 1870
Material: Brass. Inscription: Gardner, / 53 BUCHANAN ST / GLASGOW
Dimensions: 350 mm x 190 mm x 135 mm
What: Microscope, student / box
Who: Gardner and Co., 53 Buchanan Street, Glasgow (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Student microscope in brass with simple stage, sub-stage diaphragm, single-sided mirror and a single unmarked eyepiece, in a fitted box, probably by Gardner and Co., Glasgow, c. 1870
  • Bryden, D.J. Scottish Scientific Instrument Makers 1660-1900. Edinburgh, 1972 
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