THE SPENCER TRAVELLING MICROSCOPE

by Bill Ells and Bill Boorn, UK

Editor's note: The following images of an interesting travelling microscope recently shown at a UK microscopy meeting have been kindly sent in to share with our readers.
 
 

An exhibit by Bill Boorn at the November 2002 meeting of the Kent & Sussex Microscopy Group (UK).

A folding travelling microscope in aluminium case 9 x 4 x 6 inches, made by The Spencer Lens Co. Buffalo, New York, circa 1914-1920.

The instrument supplied with 10:1 -  44:1. & 95:1 Oil Immersion objectives with screw on covers and 8:1 & 10:1 eyepieces.

It was demonstrated using a 4:1 objective by Beck showing various slides made by Fred Enoch of mosquitos.  (Fred Enoch died in 1916 and was famous for his whole mounts of insects especially Fairy Flies = Mymaridae).
 

      Paul Cooper examining the microscope



The case showing accessories. Click on image to see larger version.



The microscope fitted in case. Click on image to see larger version.


Photographs © William Ells

Also shown was the Royal Microscopical Society Journal for 1915 with a description and illustration of the Spencer Travelling Microscope.

All comments to Comments to the author sent via our contacts page quoting page url plus : ('wells','')">Bill Ells are welcomed (and can be passed on to the microscope's owner Bill Boorn).

Acknowledgement: Thank you to Bill Boorn, the microscope's owner, for allowing the images of his microscope to be shared.
 
 
 

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