Antique Microscope, the Eye through the Unseen World

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Once an object is illuminated by a light, we are able to see its form; hence identification ensues. The eyes allow us to see the many wonders of our world. But there’s more to what we can perceive. There are lives, so little yet leaving among us became visible only through antique microscope, filling up the limitation of our eyes’ ability. Long ago, other creatures came into mankind’s awareness when inquisitive individuals dared to use this device. Today, modern microscopes are used by students, researchers, medical professionals, or anybody who wants to learn more by seeing more.

Through mass productions of microscopes by companies from China, Germany, and Japan more discoveries have become beneficial to mankind. The device’s abundance ironically started from the rarity of antique brass microscope, the most popular type during the old times. Its structure includes long viewing tube, slide plate, slightly-angled or straight body, and horseshoe-shaped base. Variations were made from brass; in addition, accessories like slide preparation equipment, lenses, and others were produced afterwards.

From rarity, antique microscope grew into popularity as notable models were patronized such as the Highley’s Educational (1860) and Petrological Microscope (1892), and Harvey Binocular Microscope (1883). But before such creations, it took few centuries from 1590, a period when Zaccharias Janssen invented the microscope.

In 17th century, bacteria, blood cells, and yeast were made known to men when Anthony Leeuwenhoek, a man from Holland, used the first real microscope. He improved this useful invention through further study and research; his dedication brought about the title suited only to him: “Father of Microscope.”

Many lives are saved as new medicines and vaccines are invented. The unknown viruses of yesteryears that have killed thousands of people, no longer puzzle medical authorities. The microscope and dedication of its inventors have made our world a safer place to live in. As we visit museums, our gratitude to antique microscopes should be magnified even more, as we are reminded of its contribution to our society.

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