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Simple microscope, aquatic
    • Setting:
      Room XV
    • Inventor:
      Christiaan Huygens
    • Maker:
    • Place:
    • Date:
      ca. 1700
    • Materials:
    • Dimensions:
      length 93 mm; box max. 112x50 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Simple microscope, aquatic (Inv. 3098)

Simple aquatic microscope consisting of two profiled brass plates joined at their ends; between the plates is a hinged cross stage that rotates into position in front of the aperture formerly containing a lens, now missing. The microscope is fitted with a rotating disk with four round apertures, in front of which a forceps or spike can hold the specimen for observation. The instrument is housed in a wooden case covered in black leather and lined with velvet. There are a few accessories, including a slide carrier and a forceps. This type of microscope was invented by Christiaan Huygens. The instrument is signed Chapotot, not enough evidence to establish whether it was made by Louis Chapotot or his son.