Microscope used by Louis Pasteur in his investigations on silkworm diseases, Paris, France, 1860-1870

Made:
1860-1870 in Paris
maker:
E Hartnack and Company
A60510 Microscope by Hartnack, Paris with two objective lenses, two eyepieces and wooden mahogany case, 1850-1868, used

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A60510 Microscope by Hartnack, Paris with two objective lenses, two eyepieces and wooden mahogany case, 1850-1868, used
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Microscope by E. Hartnack et Cie, Paris with two objective lenses, two eyepieces and wooden mahogany case, 1850-1868, used by Pasteur in his investigation of silkworm disease, 1868

Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), the French chemist and microbiologist, used this compound microscope to study the diseases of silkworms between 1868-1869. The microscope has its own mahogany case which contains two objec-tive lenses and two eyepieces. It is shown with a string of silkworm cocoons (A63336).

Pasteur donated this microscope to the family with which he stayed while he was doing this work and Henry Wellcome’s museum purchased it from them in 1926.

Details

Category:
Microscopy (Wellcome)
Collection:
Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
Object Number:
A60510
Materials:
baize, brass, complete, glass, iron, mahogany, paint, silk and textile
Measurements:
overall (case-open): 73 mm x 263 mm x 278 mm, .888 kg
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overall (microscope): 237 mm x 76 mm x 86 mm,
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type:
compound microscope
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • optical instrument
  • microscope
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • optical instrument
  • microscope
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • optical instrument
  • microscope
credit:
Fournery-Magnau