Temporary suspension of EU shipping, view details here.

Microtome, 1770.

Microtome, 1770.
4 0 c m
actual image size: 25cm x 32cm


A microtome is used for cutting thin slices of specimen for microscopic investigation. Alexander Cumming, a clockmaker to George III, invented and made this device. The specimen was put in the hole and was presed upwards by a screw. The blade slices the specimen at the top which is then pushed up the required amount by the screw. Although the settings are for 1/500, 1/750 and 1/1000 of an inch, the instrument could not actually achieve this degree of accuracy.

Image Details

Image Ref.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

buy a print

Select size
Select finish
How many prints?

buy a framed print

buy a canvas

buy a framed canvas