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Postcard of Microscope.
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This brass microscope (pictured here in its fitted box) dates from around 1845. It was retailed by Gardner & Co., scientific instrument makers based in Glasgow.

The microscope is an early achromatic compound type. When assembled, it is mounted on a pillar. The pillar is signed 'Gardner & Co./ 21 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: 000-100-102-808-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1983.58
Date: Around 1845
c. 1845
Material: Brass. Inscription: Gardner & Co. / 21 Buchanan St., / Glasgow
Dimensions: 140 mm x 150 mm x 355 mm; 245 mm x 160 mm x 70 mm
What: Microscope / box / accessory
Who: Gardner and Co. (Inscribed on the microscope)
Gardner and Co., Glasgow (Retailer)
Where: Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow
Scotland, Lanarkshire, Glasgow (21 Buchanan Street)
Description: Monocular bar-limb microscope of brass, in a fitted box with accessories, signed by Gardner and Co., Glasgow, c. 1845
  • 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. p 176 
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