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probably made in England

Postcard of Microscope.
© National Museums Scotland


This brass simple and compound pocket microscope (pictured here mounted on its fitted case) was made between 1825 and 1860, probably in England. It is unsigned.

The microscope has a single lens objectives. Known as the Cary-Gould microscope after its designers, it continued to be sold until well after 1850.

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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Online ID: 000-100-104-264-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1979.37
Date: 1825 - 1860
Between 1825 and 1860
Material: Brass
Dimensions: 200 mm x 100 mm x 175 mm
What: Microscope, simple / compound
Who: Arthur Frank Microscope Collection
Cary-Gould (Eponym)
Where: England
Description: Cary-Gould pocket microscope in brass, with single lens objective and case, unsigned but thought to have been made in England, 1825 - 1860
  • Cary, William, Description of a new improved pocket microscope. London: c. 1825 
  • Gould, C., The companion to the microscope. London: c. 1825: sixteen editions between around 1825 and 1853 
  • Nuttall, R. H., Microscopes from the Frank collection, 1800-1860. Jersey Channel Islands: A. Frank, 1979, p 28 
  • Nuttall, R.H. (1979): "Microscopes from the Frank Collection 1800 - 1860" 
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