Culpeper-type small microscope in a mahogany case from the first half of the nineteenth century. Its design is the product of a tradition that starts with the maker Edmund Culpeper around 1730. His invention gained great renown and popularity because of its double tripod base. Also, its lower level of which had a mirror to illuminate specimens on the upper level.
This small and fine scientific instrument features an interesting drawer that contains four objectives and some other accessories like
spring stage and ivory slides. Although the name of this type of microscopes is Culpeper’s it is clear today that Culpeper did not entirely produce his microscopes. At the time, like many manufacturers, the creator probably acquired them by outsourcing their parts to numerous workshops and then retailing them under his name. The combination of a shagreen covered body, polished brass base, and mahogany fittings make the Culpeper one of the most attractive of the old microscope and a popular collector’s piece.”
In summary, this is the way how Culpeper’s design arrives in the nineteenth century. A long tradition of copies is a remarkable testimony of times where this microscope (despite it was a little bit of a step back as microscope design in comparison to other types) enjoys immense popularity
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