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
3
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Scratched (l) on brass mount
2
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Scratched (j) on brass mount
In Sparkling Company: Glass and the Costs of Social Life in Britain during the 1700s
Venue(s)
Corning Museum of Glass 2021-05 through 2022-01-02
In 2020, the Corning Museum of Glass (CMoG) will present In Sparkling Company: Glass and Social Life in Britain during the 1700s; an exhibition exploring the role of glass, light and reflectivity in eighteenth-century social life. In the 1700s, Britain was a vibrant and commercial nation. Its growing cities were hubs of sociability, scientific advancement, trade, and finance. From glittering costume and elaborately presented confectionery, to polished mirrors and dazzling chandeliers, glass helped define the social rituals and cultural values of the period. While new innovations in glass delighted the wealthy, the material also bore witness to the ambitions of colonization and the horrors of the African slave trade. Glass beads were traded for human lives and elegant glass dishes, baskets and bowls held sweet delicacies made with sugar produced by enslaved labor. Underpinning Britain’s prosperity were aggressive foreign trade policies, colonization and a far-reaching economy of enslavement, the profits of which funded the pleasures and innovations of the fashionable world. Beginning in the intimate setting of a private dressing room, with a magnificent silver gilt dressing service made for the Duchess of Portland in about 1700, learn about how the elite prepared themselves for a night of revelry and entertainment. See the dazzling clothes and accessories worn by the ‘polished’ individual and understand the rules that governed how they behaved. Enter a specially commissioned virtual reality reconstruction of the remarkable and innovative glass-paneled drawing room designed for the Duke and Duchess of Northumberland in 1775, an interior that hasn’t been seen for nearly 200 years. Become immersed in the glittering nightlife of British elite and feel the tension between the exuberance of the fashionable world and the human cost of such sparkling company. Through a lens of glass, see what it meant to be ‘modern’ in the 1700s, and what it cost.
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