Microscope (detail)

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Microscope (detail)

This is a detail of brass simple and compound microscope made around 1830, and retailed by Robert Brettell Bate (1782-1847), a scientific instrument maker based in London.

The detail shows the signature 'Bate LONDON' on an arm of the microscope's tripod base.

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: 000-190-002-258-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1979.43
Date: 1820 - 1840
Around 1830
Material: Brass. Inscription: Bate LONDON (microscope) ; R.B. Bate, Mathematical Instrument Maker, Wholesale, Retail and for Exportation, No 21 Poultry London (trade card)
Dimensions: 190 mm x 140 mm x 300 mm
What: Microscope, compound / simple
Who: Arthur Frank Microscope Collection
R.B. Bate, Mathematical Instrument Maker, No 21 Poultry, London (Name engraved on microscope and also printed on)
Where: England
Description: Small 'Most Improved' compound microscope in brass, with 3 single lens objectives, cork and ivory stage insert, stage forceps, stage condenser, hand magnifier and case with trade label, signed by Bate
  • For Bate, see McConnell, Anita, R.B. Bate of the Poultry, 1782-1847: the life and times of a scientific instrument maker. London: 1993 
  • Nuttall, R. H., Microscopes from the Frank collection, 1800-1860. Jersey Channel Islands: A. Frank, 1979, p 31 
  • Nuttall, R.H. (1979): "Microscopes from the Frank Collection 1800 - 1860" 
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