Culpeper microscope with boxfoot made by George Adams in 1738
Edward Culpeper (1670-1737), a mathematical instrument maker based in London, developed this type of microscope between 1725 and 1730. The microscope had a tripod stand and also featured a concave mirror at the base instead of a flat mirror. This allowed light to be reflected and concentrated di-rectly on to the object being studied.
The Culpeper microscope was so popular that it was made by almost every instrument maker. George Adams (1709-1772) was a mathematical, philosophical and optical instrument maker and lecturer based in London and he produced work of the highest quality.
- Microscopy (Wellcome)
- Sir Henry Wellcome's Museum Collection
- Object Number:
- A195850 Pt1
- furnishing and equipment
- tools & equipment
- optical instrument
- Loan, Wellcome Trust