MICROSCOPE

Description of Object:

Microscope (no. 3460), German Manufacturer: Leitz lens

Materials: Metal and brass presented in a fitted hand-made wooden box, which would have had interchangeable lenses.

Discussion:

Known for the quality of their lenses, Leitz microscopes were manufactured from 1847. The earlier models were made of brass with a black japanned base.
Later models were more refined using a draw-tube coarse focus and a knob controlled focus. This then developed into a rack and pinion coarse focus and a fine focus by a graduated wheel.
Different magnifications on these models are obtained by inserting eyepieces of varying strength.

Date of Object:

Difficult to determine an exact date; definitely early 20th Century and still used into the 1950’s.

Find-spot:

Used by laboratory employees at Murgatroyd’s, Booth Lane site.

Dimensions:

33cm high, 18cms width sq.

Location:

Held by Middlewich Heritage Trust, as part of the George Twigg Collection

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