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made in England

Postcard of Microscope.
© National Museums Scotland


This compound microscope was made in England around 1700. It is unsigned.

The instrument has a nose piece for fine focus. The body is made of wood with a vellum-covered outer draw stained with orange and green mottling and gold-impressed tooled motives. The whole is on a brass tripod mounted on a wooden base.

The vellum-covered tubes are stamped with gold tooling, a contemporary book-binding decoration characteristic of London optical instruments of this period. One of the motifs on this instrument also appears on the binding of a book published in London after 1661.

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Online ID: 000-190-002-294-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  H.NL 37
Date: 1st 1/4 18th century
Around 1700
Material: Turned wood body; white vellum covered paste-board draw-tubes; brass tripod on wood base
Dimensions: 14.00" min H
What: Microscope, compound
Subject: Jewellery: clocks, watches (NMAS Classification)
22. PHYSICS, Microscopes (Science and Technology Classification)
Description: Compound microscope, tripod type, English, first quarter 18th century
  • Nuttall, R. H., 'A Marshall Microscope in the Royal Museum of Scotland' in Microscopy 35 (1987) pp 499-509 
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