Culpeper microscope

1738 in London
George Adams

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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.

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Object Number:
A195850 Pt1
brass (copper, zinc alloy), ebony, glass, ivory and shagreen
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • optical instrument
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