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Compound microscope
    • Setting:
      Room XV
    • Maker:
      Smith, Beck & Beck firm
    • Place:
    • Date:
      ca. 1858
    • Materials:
    • Dimensions:
      height 305 mm, base diameter 137 mm; box 164x156x310 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Compound microscope (Inv. 3259)

Compound microscope signed by Smith Beck & Beck. The base consists of a brass collar holding the adjustable pillar that supports the square-sectioned body-tube. Focusing is by a side wheel and a fusee chain drive (now lost). The instrument, fitted with mirror and a stage with bull's eye lens, comes with three objectives and other accessories for handling microscopy specimens. The design is deliberately simple in order to produce the most inexpensive instrument possible.