Cuff type Microscope by Peter Dollond, ca. 1750-60
Stock Number: FG_22026
The Cuff microscope is named after John Cuff (1708?-1772?), a microscope maker, who worked closely with the natural philosopher Henry Baker (1698-1774). After expressing his dissatisfaction with the Culpeper microscope, Baker convinced Cuff in 1744 to design a new pattern, affording improved accessibility for hand manipulation of the specimen by the microscopist. "Mr. Cuff's new-constructed Double Microscope" of 1743 quickly became the most popular model of the main part of the 18th century, being copied by many makers in England and across Europe in Italy, Holland, and France. However, one main drawback of its design was the inability to incline the stand for convenient observation.
This version of the Cuff microscope was signed and sold by Peter Dollond (1730-1820), most likely within the 1750-1770 time frame. As Turner (1982: 52-7) suggests, in most respects, it conforms very closely to the original Cuff design; hence some Cuff-type microscopes signed by Dollond were made by John Cuff.
Country of manufacture
UK and Ireland
The microscope is in very good condition, please look closely at the photos. ALL IVORY PARTS WERE REMOVED, but the bone sliders were left after being approved as being of bone. There is one objective, but most of the accessories.
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