Culpeper type microscope with rack focusing c. 1800.

Unsigned, but possibly sold by P. & J. Dollond, London

Culpeper type microscope with rack focusing c. 1800

Culpeper type microscope with rack focusing c. 1800

Culpeper microscope accessories

This Culpeper type microscope is unsigned and dates from the very early 19th century. Microscopes such as this are derived from the instruments of the earlier century made by Edmund Culpeper (1670-1737) and his contemporaries.

This microscope is stored in a pyramidal shaped case and is mounted on a mahogany base with a drawer that supports three scrolled legs that in turn support the stage. The mirror is attached on a boss in the base. The circular stage has a central aperture for illumination by transmitted light. Three additional scrolled supports rise from the stage to carry the main tube. Focusing is achieved by rack and pinion moving the body tube. Among the surviving accessories are five numbered objectives, a stage forceps, a hand forceps, a sub-stage light cone, a Bonnani spring stage, a dissecting knife, a small ivory box, a glass phial to hold live specimens, a brass slide for wet preparations, and a collection of ivory sliders with their own storage container.


Description of a Double Reflecting Microscope Made by P. and J. Dollond, Opticians

Although this instrument is unsigned, it was accompanied by a document entitled Description of a Double Reflecting Microscope Made by P. and J. Dollond, Opticians This suggests that this is the firm that sold and possibly made the microscope.

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