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W. & S. Jones Solar Microscope

The exact date of manufacture of this microscope is uncertain, but it was probably made in the late 1790s. The microscope is reviewed in Gerard Turner's book The Great Age of the Microscope. Signed "W. & S. Jones Fecerunt 135 Holborn, London", the microscope may have been made prior to the firm's move to 30 Holborn in 1799.

The large mirror is attached to a brass mounting plate, which acts as a base for the microscope and has two screw holes allowing attachment to a window shutter. In the center of the plate is a condenser lens that lies beneath the conical body tube when the microscope is fully assembled. A mahogany and brass box attaches to the body tube for projecting large opaque objects, and has a side door for easy access. Specimens are mounted on a brass carrier that fits into the box.

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