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English Simple Microscope

This microscope is illustrated in George Adams Jr.'s book Essays and is also reviewed in Gerard Turner's book The Great Age of the Microscope. Originally designed by Dutch microscopist Pierre Lyonet who used a similar microscope when writing Traité Anatomique de la Chenille qui Ronge le Bois de Saule, this model was probably built by Adams in the late nineteenth century.

The microscope base is constructed of mahogany and oak, and has a pillar and plano-concave mirror fastened directly to the top surface. Supported by the base pillar is an oval-shaped mahogany stage that has a square limb with an eye lens attached. The eye lens is adjustable by a rack and pinion mechanism controlled by a brass key with an ivory blade. Specimens are introduced into a dish-shaped glass container that is positioned near a manipulation arm for specimen positioning and restraint. Accessories include a storage box and six simple objectives that have numbers stamped into their brass rims indicating the magnification power.


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