Hand-held Magnifier (No. 254 )

Age: 1845–1855
Made by: James Mackay Bryson
Made in: Edinburgh, Scottland

This is a simple, hand-held microscope made of bronze. Has a curving arm with small flat piece of ivory at the handle end. Focuses by a brass screw to move the attached stage. The instrument is carried within a small fitted box with red leather cover. This type of hand-held microscope was invented by Dr. Wm. Gairdner of Edinburgh for the examination of objects in fluids, and manufactured by J.M. Bryson of Edinburgh, Scottland.

Son of Robert Bryson; brother of Alexander and Robert Bryson; worked under Repsold in Hamburg, 1843, and later under Merz in Munich; set up as an optician in 1850; worked independently; member of the Edinburgh Merchant Company; instruments are usually signed "Bryson Edinburgh".

Fri, Jan 31, 2014