Microscope Stand and Mirror

Astronomy

Accession Number: 2018.ast.71

Description:

This is the base portion of a small microscope stand. It consists of a metallic base with a metal support emerging vertically from it. Supported on this is a flat microscope stage with a circular hole cut in the centre. Underneath this, between the stage and the stand base, is a round mirror in an adjustable frame.

Primary Materials: Metal: Copper Alloy, Iron Alloy

Markings: None.

Dimensions (cm): Length: 9.5, Width: 7.5, Height: 12.5

Function:

This is the lower portion of a microscope, consisting only of the mirror portion. The mirror is for directing light onto the stage for better visibility of a specimen, and can be adjusted depending on the angle of the available light. A microscope optically enlarges specimens for easier viewing of tiny details.

Condition:

Poor: Much of this microscope is missing. The surface of the metal is stained in places and dulled. The mirror and stage are in good condition.

Manufacturer: Unknown

Date of Manufacture: 19th Century?

Provenance:

This object was likely moved from the David Dunlap Observatory in Richmond Hill in 2008, upon the sale of the observatory. It was stored at the Department of Astronomy and Astrophysics until 2017, when it was moved to a new storage location in McLennan Physical Laboratories.