Signed: Made for McAllister & Co., Philadelphia
Imported larger case-mounted French microscope, c.1844
(Attributed to the Parisian optician Buron, Rue des Trois Pavillons No. 10)
The McAllister family was involved in the instrument/optical trade since the late 18th century beginning with the business of John McAllister in Philadelphia (see: the Family Business Timeline also The McAllister Family). The firm used the name McAllister & Co. during the period 1836-1853. Subsequently, the McAllisters had shops in both Philadelphia and New York. During the early years, the firm did not make their own microscopes, but instead, imported instruments made by European firms.
On the basis of the illustrations and descriptions shown in the 1844 catalog of the Parisian optician Buron, Rue des Trois Pavillons No. 10, it can be surmised that this is the firm that manufactured the microscope shown on this page. The catalog states that the firm specifically made instruments for export. Two case-mounted microscopes were offered in the catalog. This is an example of the larger model. An example of the smaller model is also represented in this collection. Another microscope, identical to the one shown on this page, has been found with the inscription "Nachet, Paris" on the tube. The microscope dates early in Nachet's career and it therefore is not clear if Nachet actually contributed to the manufacture of that instrument or just retailed it under his own name.
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