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Simple microscope, dissecting
    • Setting:
      Room XV
    • Maker:
      Peter Dollond (microscope), John Cuff (micrometer)
    • Place:
    • Date:
      ca. 1760-1770
    • Materials:
      brass; box: wood
    • Dimensions:
      height 150 mm; box 167x108x42 mm
    • Inventory:
    • Simple microscope, dissecting (Inv. 3212)

Simple dissecting microscope mounted on a wooden case covered with fishskin. On the box is inserted a pillar that carries the lens-holder collar, the stage, and the illumination mirror. There are three lenses, a lieberkuhn, tweezers, and some specimens. The single lens can be replaced by a tube with a stage for use with more powerful lenses. The entire instrument can be taken apart and put back in the box foot. The microscope was made by Peter Dollond. Also present is a micrometer, made by John Cuff, consisting of a cross-mesh of silver wire. Provenance: Lorraine collections.