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Microscope and Lab Set

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National Museum of American History
This is a simple compound monocular with push-tube focus, hinged joint, square stage, sub-stage mirror, and square base. It comes with slides and apparatus for simple chemical experiments. The box reads “GILBERT MICROSCOPE AND LAB SET.”
This was made and marketed by A.C. Gilbert, a toy company that was established in Westville, Ct., in 1909, and that introduced the Erector Set a few years later. Gilbert began making microscopes for children in 1932. This example is number 13031, and is dated 1957.
Currently not on view
A.C. Gilbert
date made
Credit Line
Sherrie Lyn Hall
Physical Description
plastic (overall material)
glass (overall material)
metal (overall material)
paper (overall material)
overall: 22.8 cm x 13.4 cm x 7.9 cm; 8 31/32 in x 5 9/32 in x 3 1/8 in
Object Name
microscope set
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Medicine and Science: Biological Sciences
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Science & Scientific Instruments
place made
United States: Connecticut, New Haven