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Simple botanical microscope after Withering

Year/Period

ca. 1800

Maker

UNKNOWN

Country

France

Signature

Unsigned

Category

Microscopes

Optical 1

Simple

Optical 2

Non-achromatic

Size of the box (h x w x d)

2.5 × 6.2 × 12 cm

Size of the microscope (h x w x d)

10 × 21.5 × 21 cm

Inventory number

SM 35

Description

William Withering (1741-1799) designed a number of simple microscopes for use in the field, a first one was described in 1776, this foldable one with one single pillar dates from circa 1800.

A wooden box with a hinged lid, the inside of the box is lined with green velvet, the lid with the original label describing the use of the instrument. Opening the box raises the pillar carrying the round stage and the lens holder. The lens is double convex. There are a pin, a pair of tweezers and a little knife in the box.