Robert Hooke type microscope

Made:
1671-1700
maker:
Robert Hooke
and
Christopher Cock
Group photograph of Compound microscope, Robert Hooke type, unsigned, c.1671. English.  Objective lens not original and

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Group photograph of Compound microscope, Robert Hooke type, unsigned, c.1671. English. Objective lens not original and
Science Museum Group Collection
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Compound microscope designed by Robert Hooke, 1671-1700 and thought to have been made by Christopher Cock, Long Acre, Covent Garden, London, but not signed. Part of an accessory for manipulating specimens has survived and the objective lens is a modern replacement made in 1965.

Robert Hooke (1635-1703) was a natural philosopher and inventor with a keen interest in microscopy. He designed this micropscope during the late-seventeenth century in the decades after his publication of 'Micrographia'. Hooke collaborated with many of London's craftsmen including Christopher Cock, from whom he purchased optical instruments. Cock was an optical instrument maker, whose workshop was located on Long Acre, in Covent garden. He was a Freeman of the Turners' and Spectaclemakers' Companies.

Details

Category:
Microscopes
Object Number:
1928-786/1
Materials:
boxwood, copper alloy, glass, iron, leather, mahogany, metal, rosewood and wood
type:
compound microscope
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • optical instrument
  • microscope
  • furnishing and equipment
  • tools & equipment
  • optical instrument
credit:
Court, Thomas Henry