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Nachet Pocket Microscope

This early attempt at making a miniature pocket microscope was probably the result of work by Nachet of Paris. The microscope below has been redrawn from photographs of the original microscope, which is featured in Gerard Turner's excellent book Collecting Microscopes, a volume in Christie's International Collectors Series of books on antiques.

The microscope has good optical elements and is constructed of brass. The upper platform can be reversed to compact the microscope for storage and transport. The monocular body tube has a single interchangeable objective and an ocular containing two lens elements. Additional objectives are packaged within the microscope container. The Nachet catalog featured this microscope for sale between 1856 and 1872.

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