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Culpepper Compound Microscope, in Case

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T5099
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1725 - 1730

Maker Information

Manufacturer:Culpepper - View history


The compound microscope was invented in the early seventeenth century. Until around 1740, all microscopes consisted of a thin wooden or cardboard cylinder, generally covered with shagreen (shark skin) or leather. Culpepper is one of the great names associated with early miscroscopes. This one has its own fitted oak case with a drawer to the bottom. There are also several boxwood specimen slides.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century
Place of Origin:England


Height:36.5 cm
Diameter:8.5 cm