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Chest type compound microscope
    • Setting:
      Room XVIII
    • Inventor:
      Edward Nairne
    • Maker:
      Peter Dollond
    • Place:
    • Date:
      late 18th cent.
    • Materials:
      brass; box: wood
    • Dimensions:
      max. height 369 mm; case 292x145x153 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Chest type compound microscope (Inv. 3230)
    • Chest type compound microscope (Inv. 3230)

Cuff-type compound microscope, mounted on a pillar attached to a side of the chest. The body-tube is inserted in a collar fastened to the top of the pillar. Fine focus is by means of a knob screw; coarse focus is by sliding the stage along the pillar. The case contains many accessories including six objectives, a lieberkuhn, tweezers, and some specimens. The chest-type microscope was invented by Edward Nairne c. 1765; the maker of this example is Peter Dollond. Also present is a simple compass microscope, probably Dutch (lenses missing). Provenance of entire set: Lorraine collections.