2000.1.1: Microscope, Compound Monocular, 1870-1880

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2000.1.1: Microscope, Compound Monocular.
Image No. 2640 ; Photographer: Helen Kingsley

Object Description

'E.Hartnack' small horseshoe microscope. Rosewood case [serial number 8238] containing lacquered brass compound monocular microscope with a draw body tube, fine focus controlled by a knob on top of pillar. The eye piece tube is adjustable for height. The draw body tube has the manufacturers signature engraved on the surface 'E. Hartnack et Cie. Place Dauphine 21Paris'. A wheel of 5 stops serves as the condenser beneath the square stage to which a pair of slide clips are attached. The plano-concave mirror is attached to an arm and gimbal. Accessories include a single mounted eye lens with arm and bracket to be attached to the body tube [probably not original to microscope], 3 x eyepieces no.1, 3 & 4 [no.1 probably not original to microscope], 2 x objectives no. 3 & 7 with small screw-on lenses including 2 extension lenses to increase magnification, microscope slides and slide cases manufactured by Clay-Adams, Inc., 7 x loose microscope slides and a large slide with 3 gold coloured edged sample areas and 'HYLAND LE-TEST' lettering. The microscope stands 24.5cm (min) extending to 31.5cm. Case dimension given.

Object Classification

Accession Number: 2000.1.1
Collection: Diagnostic, Laboratory
Date: 1870-1880

Object Dimensions

  • Height: 10.3 cm
  • Width: 27.8 cm
  • Depth: 14.8 cm

Object Parts

  • a) Microscope body with black oxidised surface to base, stage, condenser wheel and mirror mounting
  • b) Eyepiece no.3
  • c) Eyepiece no.1
  • d) Eyepiece no.4
  • e) Objective 3
  • f) Objective 7
  • g) Mounted eye lens, arm and bracket
  • h) Arm and bracket for mounted eye lens
  • i) Hinged case with lining and lock
  • j) Screw-on lens for objective 7
  • k) Screw-on lens for objective 3
  • l) Draw body tube
  • n) Microscope slide and case
  • o) Microscope slide and case
  • p) Microscope slide and case
  • q) Microscope slide
  • r) Microscope slide
  • s) Microscope slide
  • t) Microscope slide
  • u) Microscope slide
  • v) Microscope slide
  • w) Microscope slide wrapped
  • x) Microscope slide with 3 gold edged areas
  • y) Case key

Object Materials

  • brass,
  • cardboard,
  • cast iron,
  • glass,
  • gold leaf,
  • lacquer,
  • paper,
  • plating,
  • printing ink,
  • silver,
  • steel,
  • velvet,
  • wood,
  • silvering

Acquisition Detail

  • Manufacturer: E. Hartnack et Cie.
  • Manufacturer: Clay-Adams Co. Inc. (parts n, o and p)
  • Owner: Dr. Frederic Theodore Underhill
  • History of Use: Dr. Frederic Theodore Underhill [1858-1936] was born in Tipton, Staffordshire, England. He began to practice in 1881 in Tipton following his graduation in that year, when he won the L. R. C. P. degree. He became a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons at Edinburgh in 1884. Dr. Underhill moved to British Columbia, Canada in 1894 and set up a practice in Mission City, and then in the West End, Vancouver 1898-1904. He became Vancouver's first Medical Health Officer in 1904 which he continued until his retirement in 1930.