Demainbray's compound microscope

Made:
1745 in London
maker:
Edward Scarlett
and
Matthew Loft

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Compound microscope of the Culpeper type made by either Matthew Loft or Edward Scarlett in London in 1745. It once belonnged to Stephen Demainbray and is inscribed ' 'DOCTr DEMAINBRAY'.on the body tube. It is accompanied by accessories which include specimen slides spares materials to refresh the slides,, a box for live specimens, glass tubes for specimens, three interchangeable objective lenses, forceps, a glass slide, contrast discs, a mount for a hand magnifier and a brush.

Compound microscope and accessories which once belonged to Stephen Demainbray and was possibly used in his lectures on natural philosophy. Demainbray worked as superintendent at the King's observatory at Kew from 1768 and his collection of instruments and apparatus was absorbed into the King's own collection.

The microscope was probably made by either Matthew Loft or Edward Scarlett. It is similar in style to Loft's designs, but Demainbray described a similar microscope which was made by Scarlett in his syllabuses.

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Details

Category:
Microscopes
Object Number:
1928-790
Materials:
brass, glass, ivory, mahogany, paper (fibre product), steel, walnut
type:
microscope
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • optical instrument
credit:
Court, Thomas Henry

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