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Spencer Microscope
1850s

"A proud triumph for American art"
This instrument was made during the mid-1800s by Charles A. Spencer and H. (Hamilton) Spencer. The Spencers were the first successful commercial microscope makers in the United States. Before the Spencers, American doctors and scientists had to rely on imports from Britain and Europe for high-quality scientific equipment such as microscopes. In the 1847 words of J.W. Bailey, professor of chemistry at the U.S. Military Academy, "I look upon the results obtained by Mr. Spencer as a proud triumph for American art."

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Charles A. Spencer (1813-1881)
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