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Gardner Microscope

Maker Gardner & Co., Glasgow

Date Circa 1870
Dimensions English Metric
Main Tube Length 7.2in 183mm
Main Tube Diameter 1.2in 30mm
Total Height 7.7in 295mm


This brass compound microscope has a y-shaped foot and a short cylindrical pillar. The round-cross section limb pivots on a compass joint. The cylindrical body screws into the bar attached to the pillar. There is only coarse focusing, a rack and pinion moving the telescope upper part of the limb. It has two stackable objective lenses that screw onto the tapered end of the body tube. The Huygenian-type two lens eyepiece slips into the top of the tube. The square stage has a moveable rest for slides. A bull’s eye lens mounts on the end of the bar, but some pieces are missing. There is a substage wheel of four stops and illumination is provided by a concave mirror, attached to the end of the limb. It is signed on the top of the bar, “GARDNER  53 BUCHANAN ST  GLASGOW.”  Additionally, a label inside the lid of the case reads, “GARDNER & CO.   OPTICIANS TO HER MAJESTY   SPECTACLE MANUFACTURERS   53, BUCHANAN STREET (Nearly Opposite Argyle Arcade)  GLASGOW  Established A.D. 1765.”  The microscope disassembles to fit in its mahogany carrying case.





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