Museum microscope by Thomas Winter, 1810

Made:
1794-1849 in London
maker:
Thomas Winter

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Museum microscope by Thomas Winter of 9 New Bond Street, London, England, c. 1810

Possibly invented as a special commission, Thomas Winter's "museum microscope" demonstrates academic and scientific interest within upper-class wealth and culture.

Functionality is combined with elegance of design, with interesting specimens set into a rotating ivory mount. The microscope is therefore a "museum" of specimens, with a collection that can be easily viewed again and again.

Details

Category:
Microscopes
Materials:
copper (alloy), glass and ivory
Identifier:
1913-280 Pt1
type:
museum microscope
credit:
Court, Thomas Henry