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German Culpeper-Style Microscope

This microscope has a design attributed to an Antwerp physician named Vervliet dated around 1764, although there are clearly many Culpeper-style features. It is part of the Royal Microscopical Society collection and has been described in detail by Gerard Turner in his book The Great Age of the Microscope.

The circular brass stage is supported by three brass legs, which are connected to the outer body tube that is covered in ornamental leather. The elegant wooden base is roughly triangular-shaped with rounded corners and has a drawer for holding accessories. The inner optical tube is fashioned from wood turned on a lathe with an eye lens housed in a brass cap. A set of six objectives each fit into the brass nosepiece and are stored in the drawer when not in use. The substage mirror is planar and is fitted into a boss on the base.

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