Pocket Microscope

Country
Ireland
State/Province
Dublin
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Description
A brass tube pocket microscope in wooden case, with maroon leather cover.
Classification
CH classification SCIENCES Instruments Optical microscope
Production place
Measurements
L100 x Dia.30 mm
Media/Materials description
Brass, Glass
Signature/Marks
'Horatio Yeates \ Dublin'
History and use
This pocket microscope is engraved “Horatio Yeates Dublin” and is one of a collection of microscopes and other instruments donated to the Queensland Museum in the 1970s. It was made by Horatio Yeates (1834-1907), a member of a well-known family of instrument-makers in Dublin, Ireland. Horatio followed in the footsteps of his father, George Yeates (1796-1882), and grandfather, Samuel Yeates (1762-1834), and by 1862 he too was in business in Dublin as an optician and philosophical instrument maker.

In the mid-1860s Horatio moved to London, where he continued in business as an optician and philosophical instrument-maker. He also developed an interest in electricity - his eldest daughter, born about 1865, was named Jessie Sparkes Yeates.

In the early 1880s Horatio and his family moved to Australia where he remained until his death in 1907. He continued in business in Melbourne and Hobart as an optician, instrument-maker and repairer, and later on electrician. He was also in demand for his lectures and demonstrations on a range of topics, including telegraphy, optical instruments, and especially electricity and electrical instruments.
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Registration number
H12783.1

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