The spectroscope and polarizing microscope sections of the Virtual Museum of the History of Mineralogy are enriched once more through the courtesy and enthusiasm of a Belgian collector wishing to share pictures and descriptions of some of his recently acquired instruments.
Since our last newsletter, the section on hand spectroscopes now presents five more instruments; for the moment this section describes a total of 17 instruments from 9 different makers:
We are well aware that not all hand spectroscopes were used for mineralogical purposes, but given the opportunity to add different instruments to present an interesting variety of this kind of equipment made us decide to show all of them.
In the section of polarizing microscopes, an instrument produced by Ernst Leitz with more classical accessories is newly introduced. Its serial number indicates that it was made around 1925.
Please note that you are always welcome to contribute to the enrichment of the Virtual Museum of the History of Mineralogy by sharing your treasures (even incognito) with other collectors. Without your help the expansion of the site is impossible.
Claude Hootelé, Paul Tambuyser