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    Sale 5428

    Travel, Science & Natural History

    23 April 2008, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 284

    A Nuremberg-type compound monocular microscope


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    A Nuremberg-type compound monocular microscope
    German, late 18th century
    branded on the underside of the wooden base with the maker's mark IM, screw caps for eyepiece and objective lenses, turned fruit wood tube with two 'step'-pattern decorated draw tubes covered in colour-printed or embossed patterned-paper, the oak square section base with slide location and swivel mirror (mirror flaked with minor loss of silvering).
    10in. (25.5cm.) high

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    A very similar microscope dated c. 1750 and similarly signed 'IM' is described and illustrated in The Billings Microscope Collection (Washington, DC: Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, 1974), p.181 and fig.346.

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