Simple Compass Microscope; No. 247
Age: 1775-1800
Made by: Unknown
Made in: Probably England

This is a small, folding brass and ivory botanical microscope that was used as a field microscope. The instrument can be folded into a carrying case made from velum-covered cardboard. The lens is a single planoconvex lens of approximately 3x magnification. The folding handle is made from ivory. The sample holder is a small brass pin that can be slid along a brass rail for focusing. Microscopes like these were used by naturalists of the 19th Century.

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