Below you can view more photos of Bill Robertson’s impressive scale miniatures. Click on images to enlarge.

1/12 Scale Miniature Rooms

1/6, 1/8, and 1/12 Scale Miniatures 

Miniature Louis XV Style Microscope

This marvelous miniature was copied from a full-size microscope in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Bill was able to examine the original, which was made by Claude-Simeon Passement of Paris. The 2” tall miniature is made of 24K gold, nickel silver, wood, glass, and shagreen. The scale model has a functioning 3-element lens, with coarse and fine focus adjustments. The ivory, wire, and mica slide is made of 9 pieces. In total, there are over 100 parts in the miniature microscope. It was screwed and riveted together by Bill. The finish is burnished with dog’s teeth, as pure gold will not take polish. Bill made five of these incredible pieces in 1998. Bill’s miniature microscope has been exhibited at a number of museums around the world. At the time of this writing in 2015, it was on display at the Nelson Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City. After that, it was returned to the permanent collection of The National Museum for Toys and Miniatures. 

Bill Demonstrating his Dovetail Technique

Artisan added: September 14, 2021 - Last modified: October 30, 2023

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