Compound monocular microscope

Horne, Thornthwaite and Wood (estab. 1845, closed 1913)
Circa 1850-1860
Horne Thornthwaite and Wood brass, monocular compound microscope with coarse adjustment knob detached. No fine adjustment. Two eyepieces, three objectives (one in case), none labelled. Single mirror. No condenser. Circular base with cylindrical pillar, with square stage and mirror. Body of instrument with lens is attached by horizontal arm to the pillar and base. Wooden lense case with blue velvet lining.
Item was originally donated from the estate of Dr. Keith Macarthur Brown.
Horne Thornthwaite and Wood were opticians, optics, scientific instrument makers and camera and equipment manufacturers. Founded by William Henry Thornthwaite (b 1819), optician, Fallon Horne (d 1858), and camera manufacturer Edward George Wood.
Between its foundation in 1841, and its closure in about 1913, this triple partnership changed its name repeatedly, sometimes as Horne, Thornthwaite and Wood, sometimes just Horne and Thornthwaite.
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brass and other metal, silvered and other glass, wood, velvet
11 x 8.2 x 12.3 cm (case)
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Gift of AMA Victoria, 2011
maker's mark ▫ marked on base: 'Horne Thornthwaite and Wood (...) London'
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