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Concave circular mirror

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probably made in Edinburgh

Concave circular mirror
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This 19th century mirror comes from the University of Edinburgh's demonstration apparatus, and would have been used to show students during lectures the imaging properties of mirrors. At this time, a course in natural philosophy (what we would call physics today) would have been a compulsory component of the general arts curriculum.

The circular mirror is held in a black-painted wooden frame. It produces a distorted image, as it is concave.

Unfortunately, this piece of lecturing equipment has no provenance beyond coming form the university classroom. However, it is more than likely that it was supplied locally.

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