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probably made in England

Postcard of Microscope.
© National Museums Scotland


This brass simple and compound microscope (pictured here in its fitted case) was made between 1800 and 1825, probably in England. It is unsigned.

The microscope has eight single lens objectives and two lieberkuhns. In operation, it is mounted on a pillar on the lid of the case.

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: 000-100-104-261-C
Image Rights Holder: National Museums Scotland
Project: 0098: National Museums Scotland
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1979.33
Date: 1800 - 1825
Between 1800 and 1825
Material: Brass
Dimensions: 215 mm x 145 mm x 265 mm
What: Microscope, simple / compound
Who: Arthur Frank Microscope Collection
Ellis (Eponym)
Where: England
Description: Simple and compound Ellis aquatic microscope in brass, with 8 single lens objectives, 2 lieberkuhns and case, unsigned but thought to have been made in England, 1800 - 1825
  • Adams, George, Essays on the Microscope. 2nd edition, London: 1798, p 124: 'Ellis Simple or Aquatic Microscope' 
  • Nuttall, R. H., Microscopes from the Frank collection, 1800-1860. Jersey Channel Islands: A. Frank, 1979, p 26 
  • Nuttall, R.H. (1979): "Microscopes from the Frank Collection 1800 - 1860" 
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