Field microscope

William Cary (1759-1825)1770/1820

The Royal Society

The Royal Society
London, United Kingdom

A compound non-achromatic microscope with fittings including hand held lenses with a turned ivory handle, in a mahogany case.

A compound microscope has two converging lens systems: the objective and the eyepiece. Instrument maker William Cary designed this model for portability.


  • Title: Field microscope
  • Creator: William Cary (1759-1825)
  • Date Created: 1770/1820
  • Provenance: Formerly the property of Henry Baker FRS
  • Rights: Copyright The Royal Society, 2018
  • Medium: Metal, Glass, Ivory, Mahogany
  • Scientist: Henry Baker (1698-1774)
  • Manufacturer: William Cary (1759-1825)
  • Invention: Microscope
  • Field: Microscopy
  • Catalogue Reference: I/012

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