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probably made in London

Postcard of Microscope.
© National Museums Scotland


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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Online ID: 000-100-104-220-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1938.103
Date: Around 1800
c. 1800
Material: Glass
Dimensions: 2.00" x 0.75" (folded)
What: Microscope, pocket, folding / case
Subject: 22. PHYSICS, Light (Departmental Classification)
Who: W. and S. Jones, England (Maker)
Where: England
Description: Folding pocket microscope in a case, a microscope of simple type with point for impaling insects, the small handle and magnifying glass folding inwards to make microscope compact for carrying, c. 1800
  • For other Wilson screw-barrel microscopes, see Turner, G. L'E., The Great Age of the Microscope: the Collection of the Royal Microscopical Society through 150 years. Bristol & New York, 1989 pp 258-259 
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