A simple French brass microscope
as novelty items in the 19th century, these little French
microscopes were advertised as “students microscopes for mineralogy,
botany, and insectology."
The body tube is 2” in length and slightly less that an inch in
It is marked, “Made in France”, on the eyepiece.
The lid of the box has instructions in French.
A separate sheet of English instructions are inside.
The bottom part of the box is missing.
A long hat-pin needle is included for skewering specimens and
placing them inside the instrument.
One lens is a high magnification Stanhope type, the other a simple
The instrument is finished in lacquered brass with complete
coverage in excellent condition.
The microscope is typical of the many instruments that were made,
primarily in France, during the microscope “craze” of the 19th
They filled a need of the general public to discover the new world
of the microscopic.