Stokes & Watson, 6, Market Street, Manchester

Hand-held demonstration microscope, c. 1890



Stokes and Watson demonstration microscope Stokes and Watson demonstration microscope Stokes and Watson demonstration microscope Stokes and Watson demonstration microscope

This hand-held compound microscope is signed in script on the lower section of the tube Stokes & Watson, 6, Market Street, Manchester. A microscope, like the one shown here, is often referred to as a “demonstration microscope”. In use, the microscope is pointed toward a light source. During a lecture, such a microscope can be passed around from student to student for observation of the specimen under discussion.


screw focusing

The microscope measures 6½-inches long when in the closed position. At the lower end of the tube, the specimen slide is inserted into a spring-loaded holder. Focusing is achieved by a screw mechanism that moves the upper section of the tube that holds the objective to and from the section that holds the specimen slide. The microscope, along with a some slides, is stored in a plush lined leather covered case measuring 7x2½x2 inches. The top of the case is imprinted with the maker's name and address.



The firm Stokes & Watson was in business from the 1860's to the early 20th century. They were typical opticians of the period. They made and/or sold a variety of instruments including microscopes, microscope slides, lantern slides, camera lenses, gramophone cylinder recordings, binoculars, barometers, eyeglasses, etc.

 

Label found on a microscope slide.
Slide label

 

Stokes and Watson demonstration microscope
Stokes and Watson signature

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