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British Home-Made Microscope

This microscope is part of the Royal Microscopical Society collection and has been described by Gerard Turner in great detail.

The base and pillar are constructed from rosewood and the whole assembly is stabilized with a sheet of lead attached underneath the baseboard. The body tube is inserted into a sleeve covered with red leather and is attached to the pillar with rectangular brass plates. Focusing is accomplished with a rack and pinion set that moves the stage, which is also attached to the pillar with brass plates. Fine focus is done with a side screw that moves the body tube inside the leather-covered sleeve. There is a set of attachment plates for the mirror, but no mirror remains with the microscope.

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