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Thomas Winter Exhibition Microscope

Designed for teaching purposes and for exhibition to a large group of people, the microscope presented below was built by Thomas Winter in 1810. This microscope is described and illustrated in a short treatise entitled Microscopes to the End of the Nineteenth Century by F. W. Palmer and A. B. Sahiar.

The most impressive feature of this microscope is the large circular ivory stage, which consists of a revolving cylinder carrying three rows of apertures for a total of 65. A heavy circular brass base supports the microscope pillar and the stage. A swivel arm is built into the limb and is adjustable with a knurled knob to enable focusing on all the specimens over the width of the cylinder. The body tube contains a single objective and eyepiece and is attached to the limb with a compass joint.

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