Microscopy Primer
Light and Color
Microscope Basics
Special Techniques
Digital Imaging
Confocal Microscopy
Live-Cell Imaging
Photomicrography
Microscopy Museum
Virtual Microscopy
Fluorescence
Web Resources
License Info
Image Use
Custom Photos
Partners
Site Info
Contact Us
Publications
Home

The Galleries:

Photo Gallery
Silicon Zoo
Pharmaceuticals
Chip Shots
Phytochemicals
DNA Gallery
Microscapes
Vitamins
Amino Acids
Birthstones
Religion Collection
Pesticides
BeerShots
Cocktail Collection
Screen Savers
Win Wallpaper
Mac Wallpaper
Movie Gallery

Benjamin Pike Compound Monocular Microscope

This microscope is signed "Pike, Maker, 518 Broadway, New York, No. 1177". The model featured below was redrawn from photographs of the original microscope, which is part of the Billings microscope collection at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington DC.

Benjamin Pike and his son were New York microscope dealers in the middle nineteenth century, and they imported English and French microscopes. Benjamin Pike Sons & Company were the dealers when this instrument was signed in 1878. A large reversed claw-footed base supports two uprights that are attached to the limb with a pivot joint. The stage plate and trunnion are cast into one piece and fastened to the limb. A gimbal holds the substage double mirror. Although the microscope is without a condenser, there is a tube beneath the stage to support one. The body tube has a short cone nose and a graduated drawtube. Focus is achieved by a coarse rack mechanism attached to the limb.

BACK TO NINETEENTH CENTURY MICROSCOPES

Questions or comments? Send us an email.
© 1998-2013 by Michael W. Davidson and The Florida State University. All Rights Reserved. No images, graphics, scripts, or applets may be reproduced or used in any manner without permission from the copyright holders. Use of this website means you agree to all of the Legal Terms and Conditions set forth by the owners.
This website is maintained by our
Graphics & Web Programming Team
in collaboration with Optical Microscopy at the
National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.
Last modification: Friday, Aug 01, 2003 at 11:43 AM
Access Count Since January 8, 2000: 36745
For more information on microscope manufacturers,
use the buttons below to navigate to their websites: