Tioyda MKH (3rd series) Japanese Army Field Hospital Microscope, 1945

Tioyda MKH (3rd series) Japanese Army Field Hospital Microscope, 1945

Stock Number: FG_21032

£250

The Tioyda MKH or "Mkatera Portable", was developed in 1929 by Tiyoda microscopes of Tokyo (now Sakura Finetek Japan Co., Ltd.), copying from the earlier Reichert “Heimdal” model, mainly for the army or animal doctors. During World War II this model was used by the Imperial Japanese Army as the standard microscope for the field hospitals in the frontlines.

Circa

1945

Country of manufacture

Japan

Categories: Medicine, Scientific, Other Medical Antiques, Microscopy, Natural history, Veterinary

Description

The microscope is outfitted with 5x and 10x oculars, 2 position turret, 10x/0.30, 40x/0.65, and 90x/1.25 NA oil achromatic RMS objectives, and a small vial with immersion oil.

In the literature concerning this model, there was much confusion about its dating, operational performance, and models. All this has been sorted out by Phillips (2014). According to his thorough work, this microscope (S.N. 20009) may be dated to the end of World War II, sometime during 1945 or in the early post-war years. 

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IL Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh was the mythological hero of the cultures of ancient West Asia, who set out on a journey in which he sought youth and eternal life.
Fleaglass Gilgamesh is located in Israel. As an archaeologist researching the material culture of the distant past and using the microscope as a major research tool, for more than two decades I have collected microscopes from the first 300 years of existence of this amazing tool and researched the cultural context of their use. Passion has become an obsession and I cultivate the full and almost unique West Asian collection of historical microscopes. Respectively, I put up for sale surplus or interesting items from the collection. I would be happy to advise any interested collector free of charge. Needless to say, I would love to send photos, information and bibliographic references, and discuss the sale details of the items offered here for sale.

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