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probably made in London

Microscope
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This folding pocket microscope (pictured here with its case) was made around 1800, probably by W. & S. Jones, scientific instrument makers based in London.

The simple microscope has a single lens in a holder and a pin for mounting the specimen. The small ivory handle and the magnifying glass fold inwards to make the microscope compact for carrying.

According to G. L'E Turner, this pattern seems to have been first illustrated in the second edition of George Adams' 'Essays on the Microscope' (London, 1798), which was published by W. & S. Jones. Whether the design originated with the Joneses is not certain.

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