Compound monocular microscope, magnification 300x

George Oberhaeuser
Circa 1845
Oberhaeuser compound monocular microscope, drum type with fixed stage and sub stage focus adjustment and sliding coarse adjustment. Magnifying glass mounted on body tube. An achromatic microscope of brass construction, made by George Oberhaeuser, Paris c.1840. Probable serial number 2049. Includes wooden case and accessories, key for case, and a selection of slides (14 March 1995).

This is an early form of achromatic microscope with an unusual type of sub stage fine adjustment. A magnification of 300 was possible.
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brass, glass and surface finishes
24.3 x 7.3 x 7.7 cm (microscope)
7.1 x 25.5 x 12.6 cm (case)
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previously University of Melbourne Collection, gift of Dr Henry Shannon, 1970
maker's mark ▫ microscope marked: 'G. Oberhaeuser, Place Dauphine, Paris'
numbered/inscriptions ▫ lower tube marked: '68'
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