Even Victorian microscope slides were beautifully ornate

We have a fascination with Victorian and Edwardian era scientific equipment, and these microscope slides are a perfect example of why. Each slide is housed in a gorgeous paper cover, framing the sample inside.

Victorian Microscope Slides has an amazing collection of microscope slides and samples from 1830-1900. That's when commercial manufacture began, thanks to a few entrepreneurial souls. The paper covers were originally a practical concern, a way to fasten the mica over the sample to the slide. But even after other methods of mounting became available, the paper covers remained as a means of self-expression.

It's easy to get lost in the Victorian slide site; in addition to slides from individual mounters, the site has slides featuring old botany samples, crystals, fossils, insects, as well as a few more unusual samples like lion whiskers, radium, and decomposed glass from Pompeii.

Victorian Microscope Slides [via Nerdcore]

Even Victorian microscope slides were beautifully ornateS

Even Victorian microscope slides were beautifully ornateS

Even Victorian microscope slides were beautifully ornateS

Even Victorian microscope slides were beautifully ornateS

Even Victorian microscope slides were beautifully ornateS

Even Victorian microscope slides were beautifully ornateS