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H5251 Projection microscope, accessories and case,'Wright & Newtons', brass / metal / glass / wood / felt / cork / paper, made by Newton & Co / C. Reichert, London, England / Vienna, Austria, used by Royal Society of New South Wales, Sydney , New South Wales, Australia, 1884-1900. Click to enlarge.

Wright & Newtons projection microscope of 1884-1900 used by Royal Society of New South Wales

Made
This microscope, designed by Lewis Wright and made by Frederick Newton in London in the 1880s, projects large images of micro-organisms, or of microscopic plant and animals parts, onto a distant screen. Groups of scientists could discuss the details without having to make accurate drawings of what they saw through an ordinary microscope. The microscope was bolted onto a 'magic lantern', inside which a very hot flame was directed at a lump of calcium oxide, producing bright 'limelight' that …

Summary

Object No.

H5251

Object Statement

Projection microscope, accessories and case,'Wright & Newtons', brass / metal / glass / wood / felt / cork / paper, made by Newton & Co / C. Reichert, London, England / Vienna, Austria, used by Royal Society of New South Wales, Sydney , New South Wales, Australia, 1884-1900

Physical Description

Projection microscope, accessories and case,'Wright & Newtons', brass / metal / glass / wood / felt / cork / paper, made by Newton & Co / C. Reichert, London, England / Vienna, Austria, used by Royal Society of New South Wales, Sydney , New South Wales, Australia, 1884-1900

Projection microscope assembly consists of rear condensing lens, rotating polarisable lens, adjustable objective, rotatable slide stage, projecting objective with adjustments on a laterally adjusting track. Fluid tank with brass screw top and lens to one side, clear on the other side. Tank can be removed.

Marks

Marked on body "WRIGHT & NEWTONS PROJECTING MICROSCOPE /PATENT/ SOLE MAKERS / NEWTON & CO.,/3 FLEET ST.,/ LONDON"
"PATENT /NEWTON & CO., LONDON"
Marked on mounting plate " NEWTON & CO.,/OPTICIANSTO HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN & THE GOVERNMENT / 3 FLEET ST.,/ LONDON "
"PATENT/ NEWTON & Co. /LONDON
Marked on large lens "FOR LIME LIGHT ONLY "

Dimensions

Height

210 mm

Width

206 mm

Depth

555 mm

Production

Made

  • 1884-1900

Notes

Wright & Newton projection microscopes of this type were first produced and sold in 1884. This unit dates to the period 1884-1900.

History

Notes

Wright claims to have demonstrated a projection microscope at a meeting of the Royal Microscopical Society in 1883, but it was not until the oxy-hydrogen projection microscope was introduced in 1884 by Newton & Co from Lewis Wright and Herbert Charles Newton's patented design (Patent No. 14951, 13/11/1884) that they were available for sale. Donated by Royal Society of NSW.

Source

Credit Line

Gift of Royal Society of NSW, 1953

Acquisition Date

20 October 1953

Cite this Object

Harvard

Wright & Newtons projection microscope of 1884-1900 used by Royal Society of New South Wales 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 1 July 2022, <https://ma.as/242621>

Wikipedia

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