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Early 19th Century German Wood and Cardboard Microscope, circa 1820



Microscope Wood, cardboard and colored paper Nuremberg, early 19th century It measures 12.2 in high x 4.8 in diameter (31 cm high x 12.2 cm diameter) It weighs 0.71 lb (325 g) State of conservation: one of the wooden ferrules has a chipped edge. A "Culpeper" type microscope made of wood, cardboard and hand-coloured paper. It consists of two removable tubes (an upper one as well as the base), one inside the other and in turn inserted into a third support tube. This is fixed to a wooden base made up of two concentric discs of turned wood of different diameters, connected to each other by three small turned-wood oblique columns. The larger, lower disk is equipped with a small round mirror at the center mounted on an adjustable base. The optics are composed of three lenses: eye-lens, field-lens and the objective. The first and last are equipped with a screwable wooden CAP. Focusing is achieved by sliding the first two tubes into the third. A spring allows you to fix the slides with the sample to be examined, while the small adjustable mirror concentrates light from below. The wooden base bears a circle stamped with the letters "I M" inside, a mark that could refer to both the instrument manufacturer and the retailer. Edmund Culpeper was a famous English scientific instrument maker of the first half of the 18th century; he was responsible for the first realization of this compound microscope model, which still bears its name. Bibliography: F. Allodi, I microscopi Culpeper di Norimberga, Firenze 1962; G. L’E. Turner, Microscopi - Guida per il collezionista, Milano 1981, pp. 45-46; R. S. Clay, The History of the Microscope, London 1985 [1932], pp. 128-129.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 12.21 in. (31 cm)Diameter: 4.73 in. (12 cm)
  • Style
    Empire (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1820
  • Condition
    Minor structural damages. Minor fading. One of the wooden ferrules has a chipped edge.
  • Seller Location
    Milano, IT
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4352220513662

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