Ellis-type Aquatic/Botanical Simple Microscope

Object Name: 
Ellis-type Aquatic/Botanical Simple Microscope

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Object Name: 
Ellis-type Aquatic/Botanical Simple Microscope
Place Made: 
Accession Number: 
2016.8.1
Dimensions: 
Overall (assembled) H: 15.4 cm, W: 14.8 cm, D: 11.2 cm
Location: 
Not on Display
Date: 
about 1770
Primary Description: 
Ellis-type Aquatic/Botanical Simple Microscope. Brass, glass, wood, sharkskin, velvet; assembled. Fourteen-piece simple Ellis-type microscope consisting of: (a) Black sharkskin-covered wood box with dark green velvet lining, hinged lid, and metal hardware. Threaded brass mount secured to top of box with three screws. (b) Central brass pillar with threaded base, which screws into brass mount on lid of sharkskin box. Central pillar outfitted with arm with threaded opening into which lenses can be secured, moveable mount for brass stage, and mount for brass armature for mirror. (c) Threaded brass mount and armature for mirror (mount swivels within armature). (d) Mirror fixed within threaded brass mount. (e) Brass ring-shaped stage with mount for stage forceps. (f) Concave glass insert for brass stage. (g) Brass stage forceps with black and white cylinder at one end. (h) Objective lens with brass mount inscribed "1". (i) Threaded brass cap for objective lens. (j) Objective lens with brass mount inscribed "2". (k) Threaded brass cap for objective lens. (l) Objective lens with brass mount inscribed "3" (no cap). (m) Lieberkuhned lens with brass mount inscribed (no cap). (n) Brass tweezers.
Provenance: 
Scientifica Opticae, Inc., Source
2016-03-08
Technique: 
Inscription: 
1
inscription
Scratched (h) on brass mount
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Scratched (l) on brass mount
2
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Scratched (j) on brass mount
Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 2016-04-23 through 2017-03-19
Glass made it possible for scientists and artists to see tiny living creatures once invisible to the human eye. Revealing the Invisible: The History of Glass and the Microscope tells the stories of scientists’ and artists’ exploration of the microscopic world between the 1600s and the late 1800s. Their discoveries fed people’s hunger to learn more about nature, increasing the popularity of microscopes and driving improvements in scientific glass. These advances culminated in the 19th century with the advent of modern scientific glassmaking and the perfection of the microscope. Unleash your sense of discovery as you explore the invisible through historic microscopes, rare books, and period illustrations.
Acquisitions (2017) illustrated, p. 14 (#7); BIB# AI103665
The Corning Museum of Glass Annual Report 2016 (2016) illustrated, p. 64; BIB# 714015