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probably made in London

Microscope (1 of 2)
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This brass simple microscope (pictured here in its fitted case) was made between 1820 and 1827, probably by Bancks and Son of London.

The microscope has six single lens objectives and three lieberkuhns. It is engraved around the outer stage 'BANCKS & SON, 441 Strand London. Inst. Maker to HIS MAJESTY'.

Botanical microscopes such as this came into vogue from the mid 18th century, as all branches of natural history became fashionable, a fashion which lasted well into the 19th century.

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