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probably made in Edinburgh

Postcard of Microscope.
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This brass microscope was made around 1860, probably by Alexander Adie & Son, scientific instrument makers based in Edinburgh. Microscopes of this type were relatively inexpensive and were often used by medical students.

The microscope is a compound type on a reversed-claw foot. It is signed below the eye-piece draw-tube 'ADIE & SON/ EDINBURGH'.

A series of student microscopes retailed by the firm Adie & Son at this period appear to have interchangeable optical parts and mechanical sub-assemblies.

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Online ID: 000-100-102-807-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1983.46
Date: Around 1860
c. 1860
Material: Brass. Inscription: ADIE & SON / EDINBURGH
Dimensions: 435 mm x 150 mm x 100 mm; 425 mm x 250 mm x 140 mm
What: Microscope / box / accessory
Who: Adie and Son (Inscribed on the microscope)
Adie and Son, Edinburgh (Maker)
Where: Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Scotland, Midlothian, Edinburgh
Description: Student microscope of brass with accessories in a fitted box, signed by Adie and Son, Edinburgh, c. 1860
  • Clarke, T.N., Morrison-Low, A.D. & Simpson, A.D.C. Brass & glass scientific instrument making workshops in Scotland as illustrated by instruments from the Arthur Frank Collection at the Royal Museum of Scotland. Edinburgh: NMS, 1989. pp 50,63 
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