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made in England

Microscope
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This hand-held microscope was made in England in the early 18th century. It is unsigned.

The instrument has an ivory body and handle. It has variety of accessories in a shagreen case including eight object glasses, a lens carrier for opaque objects, a black and ivory disc in brass frame, an ivory box for mica discs, and nine object slides.

Invented by the Dutchman Nicolaas Hartsoeker, this type of instrument was known as a Wilson screw barrel microscope, after James Wilson of London who popularised the design in England in a publication of 1702.

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