Antique Microscope by C.Baker
Fine example of a high quality early 20th Century microscope in a fitted wooden case, complete with two eyepiece lenses and 3 objective lenses. The microscope parts are made of black lacquered brass. It has an extendable eyepiece tube, rack and pinion main focus and an additional fine focus. There is a triple revolving nosepiece and a square stage with a mechanical slide holder on top of this. Below the stage is a large adjustable mirror, a condenser lens, adjustable aperture ring and a filter lens holder. The microscope measures approximately 13" tall plus further extension.
It is labelled on the base with the makers name, model and serial number ; "C.Baker. 244 High Holborn. London. D.P.H. 6324".
There are two eyepiece lenses, marked for 2 x1 and 4 x12. There are three original C.Baker objective lenses each with their matching brass canister; the first is marked "1/6in", the second "3/4in" and the third "1/12 oil 1mm". In addition to the lenses there is also the original oil bottle contained in a brass canister marked 'oil'.
The microscope is in good working order and I have set it up and tested it with a few old slides. I've attached a photo down the microscope looking through a combination of the various lenses. The microscope was easy to focus with both the coarse and fine and it produced a bright and clear image. Although in working order it is really being sold as a decorative / collectors item rather than an accurate scientific instrument.
The microscope comes in its original fitted case with a working key. There is a pull out shelf that holds the lenses and a block that holds the microscope in place during transit. The box is 13" high by 8" wide and 8" deep.
The microscope is in excellent condition for its age and has remained very complete. It has been used and will have normal signs of wear so please don't expect it to be brand new. There is some slight tarnishing on the brass and small areas of lacquer have worn where it has been handled. The box is sturdy with a nice aged patina however it is not without some small marks and general signs of age and the lock has been replaced with a new one in a new place so there is a second key hole. The microscope has been thoroughly cleaned, serviced and lightly polished and it displays very nicely.
The best description comes from the photos so please look at them all carefully and if you have any questions at all please ask.