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Culpepper Microscope Slide

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Birmingham Museums and Art Gallery

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Basic Information

Accession Number:1965T5099.7
Collection:Social History - Pinto Collection
Date:1725 - 1850


This is one of a set of boxwood specimen slides contained in the bottom drawer of the oak case of a Culpepper microscope. The specimens include a winged insect.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.

Purchased from Edward H Pinto, 1965.

Further Information

Production Period:18th century or 19th century
Place of Origin:England


Height:10.8 cm
Width:1.5 cm
Depth:0.2 cm