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Lenticular Pocket Microscope

First described by Dr. Golding Bird in his book entitled Urinary Deposits, this simple microscope is also reviewed in Gerard Turner's book The Great Age of the Microscope. The microscope was made by London optician Mortiz Pillischer, whose shop was located at 88 New Bond Street from 1854 to 1887.

Constructed around a 1 by 3-inch microscope slide, the microscope is focused by moving one of three Coddington lenses housed in brass mounts either closer or farther from the specimen by means of a knurled brass knob. The microscope slide is secured in a blackened brass holder that also serves as a mount for a swing arm with three apertures and a small concave mirror. The glass slide has a concave dish in the center for placement of the specimen.

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