Coddington microscope – circa 1830’s
elegant ivory simple microscope with Coddington lens.
The Coddington lens was invented by Henry Coddington in 1829.
It is a single lens with two curved sides and a groove cut around the
middle of the lens -- the groove acting as a lens stop. This
simple microscope was handy for naturalists working in the field.
The length of the microscope is 2 5/8”, and the diameter of the head
is 1 1/8”. Finished in turned decorative ivory, this example is in
excellent condition and finely made resulting in a delicate and