Travelling Microscope Box

Production date
19th Century
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Object Detail

Travelling microscope in a dismantled state inside wooden blue velvet lined box with brass fittings that also serves as a base for the microscope when assembled. The microscope is attached to the lid through a circular base, which is made of brass. The parts of the microscope (H46212.3-27) are stored in special depositories. These include: 1 microscope barrel with eyepiece; 8 lenses of varying sizes; 1 stand with a mirror; 1 rounded mirror; 7 miscellaneous joints; 3 wooden slides with 4 samples each; 1 red unprepared slide; 1 piece of circular glass with backing. There is one silver key with the box.
CH classification SCIENCES Instruments Optical microscope
L150 x W210 x H70 mm
Media/Materials description
Indeterminate (Woods), Indeterminate (Glass), Indeterminate (Metals - Indeterminate), Indeterminate Textile (Textiles)
History and use
This travelling microscope appears to be a botanical or aquatic microscope of the 19th century and is purported to have been given to Charles Ferdinand Marks when he was a child in Ireland in the 1860s. The object is in very good condition and shows very little sign of use.

This object is part of the Marks collection, donated to the Queensland Museum by Dr E.N. Marks. The Marks were a prominent Brisbane family who made significant contributions to the fields of science and medicine.

Uploaded to the Web 27 May 2011.
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