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Case for Culpepper Compound Microscope

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T5099.1
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1725 - 1730


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 fitted oak case was specially made to hold a Culpepper microscope. It has a drawer to the bottom which contains several boxwood specimen slides.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century
Place of Origin:England


Height:45.2 cm
Width:20 cm
Depth:19 cm