Nachet Opticien, rue Serpente 16, Paris

Drum Microscope, c.1850

Nachet Opticien, rue Serpente 16, Paris.  Drum microscope

Nachet Opticien, rue Serpente 16, Paris.  Drum microscope

Nachet Opticien, rue Serpente 16, Paris.  Drum microscope

This is a typical small model drum type microscope dating from the mid-19th century. It was made by Camille Sébastien Nachet (1799-1881), one of the foremost French manufacturers of microscope during the period. The microscope is supplied with three eyepieces and three objectives which are stored in a small mahogany box. The microscope also is supplied with a stage condenser for illuminating opaque specimens. A drum microscope, such as the one shown here, having a column with a square cross section does not appear in the 1856 or later Nachet catalogs suggesting that this microscope dates prior to 1856.

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