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English Wooden Dissecting Microscope

This simple homemade wooden microscope, constructed of mahogany, is reviewed in Gerard Turner's book The Great Age of the Microscope.

The microscope was made in the late 1800s by Latimer Clark of 5 Westminster Chambers, and was presented to the Royal Microscopical Society in the early 1900s. A wooden stage is mounted on a rectangular wooden pillar that is secured to the base of the microscope. Attached to the top of the pillar is a brass arm that holds objectives used in observing specimens. Accompanying the microscope is a live-box (for observing aquatic specimens) made from oak.

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