This portable microscope has 2 separate parts, and can be completely dismantled and stored in its original wooden box lined with green cloth. It also comes with small objects, consisting of a metal ring and transparent base, which are designed to hold liquids.
The tube's shape is characteristic of this type of microscope, with a cylindrical upper part and wedge-shaped lower part. The eyepiece is at the top and the lens is at the bottom, resting on a ring that fastens it to the pillar. The pillar is cuboid with a rack mechanism along the rear, which allows the stage to be moved using a side screw to enable coarse focusing. The quadrangular stage has 2 holes at the corners for clips to hold samples or magnifying glasses. The stage has a plate just below it for the slide. The microscope sits on top of a wooden box into which the bottom of the pillar is screwed. The side of the pillar bears the inscription: "Mattheus 9, Athol Place. London."