BetaThis search tool is in development. Find out more.
Digital Images

Compound monocular microscope, Europe, 1681-1720

Science Museum, London

Available online

view Compound monocular microscope, Europe, 1681-1720

License

Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)
You can use this work for any purpose, including commercial uses, without restriction under copyright law. You should also provide attribution to the original work, source and licence.
Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY 4.0) terms and conditions https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0
Credit: Compound monocular microscope, Europe, 1681-1720. Credit: Science Museum, London. Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0)

Selected images from this work


About this work

Description

This ornate compound microscope was made around a century after the first prototype microscopes of this type were allegedly developed by Dutch eye-glass maker Zaccharias Janssen and his son Hans – this claim is the subject of some dispute. Unlike single lens microscopes, compound microscopes contain at least two lenses. The tube of this microscope is covered in vellum – a fine type of parchment made from the skin of a young calf or goat. The mount is made from walnut. This microscope may have been a source of entertainment and used to study a wide variety of animals, vegetables and minerals. It is only since the 1800s that microscopes have become central to medicine. maker: Unknown maker Place made: Europe


Permanent link


We’re improving the information on this page. Find out more.