#sneakpeek #sneakpreview #comingsoon #americanglass
Jocelyn Wickersham, one of six students who curated the upcoming exhibition A Nation Reflected: Stories in American Glass worked today with mentor curator John Stuart Gordon to install this fascinating object from the @yalepeabodymuseum
collection. It's a tripod compound microscope, commonly known as "The Yale Microscope," made (possibly) by Matthew Loft in London around 1725–35. Its component parts are made from oak, maple, brass, sharkskin, vellum, #glass
, and cardboard.
Acquired by @yale
in 1735, it was among the most sophisticated scientific instruments in the British North American colonies and may be the oldest surviving complex microscope in the United States (a screw-barrel #microscope
purchased by @harvard
in 1732 was destroyed in a fire in 1764). There were a few instrument makers working in the colonies in the early eighteenth century, but most were engravers, clockmakers, silversmiths, or other allied craftsmen and did not have the ability to construct complex items like microscopes. Those who desired such equipment needed to obtain it abroad. In 1735 Yale College did not yet have a professor of science, but it understood the importance of owning such innovative technology.
See this object and over one hundred more next week when #anationreflected
opens to the public on Thursday evening, March 28. Read more about #theyalemicroscope
's book American Glass: The Collections at Yale, available now in the Gallery Bookstore and through online retailers.
Join us for an opening lecture and reception, March 28, at 5:30pm. Kelly Conway, Curator of American Glass at the @corningmuseum
, discusses the history and future of the field.
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