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This brass microscope dates from around 1870. It was retailed by Gardner & Co., scientific instrument makers based in Glasgow.

The microscope is a compound type in brass and bronze. It is on an inclining pillar and flat two-toed tripod base. The pillar is signed 'GARDNER & Co./ Opticians to her Majesty/ 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: 000-100-102-778-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1980.222
Date: Around 1870
c. 1870
Material: Brass. Inscription: GARDNER & Co. / Opticians to her Majesty / 53 BUCHANAN ST. / GLASGOW.
Dimensions: 405 mm H
Who: Arthur Frank Collection of Scottish Scientific Instruments
Gardner and Co., Glasgow (Maker)
Jackson (Eponym)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Description: Compound Jackson-limb microscope in brass, bronze and oxidised brass, on an inclining pillar and flat 2-toed tripod base, signed by Gardner and Co. of Glasgow, c. 1870
  • Clarke, T.N., Morrison-Low, A.D. & Simpson, A.D.C. Brass & glass scientific instrument making workshops in Scotland as illustrated by instruments from the Arthur Frank Collection at the Royal Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1989. pp 169,172 
  • T.N. Clarke, A.D. Morrison-Low and A.D.C. Simpson (1989): "Brass and Glass 
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