Superb 19th Century Brass Microscope in Box


Superb 19th Century Brass Microscope in Box

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Antique Brass Microscope

Circa 1850

Fine example of a high quality early to mid 19th Century microscope in a fitted wooden case, complete with a range of lenses and accessories. It is unsigned and there are no indications as to who the maker might be but the craftsmanship and quality of the instrument is superb.

The microscope is made entirely of lacquered brass and sits on a sweeping horse shoe shaped base with two front legs. The microscope focuses using a rack and pinion system with two brass knobs either side of the tube. It also has a fine focus knob with a round dial to the side of the main tube. It has a circular stage with an adjustable slide holder and two metal slide clips. Below the stage is a large adjustable mirror for focusing the light source towards the microscope. 

The microscope comes with its all of its original lenses. There are two eyepiece lenses of different sizes and two brass objective lenses marked 1/4in and 1in with matching lens cases. The microscope also comes with its original brass tweezers, a live box and a brass bullseye lens. 

It comes in its original fitted wooden case with sections for the lenses and a drawer for holding accessories or slides. The accessories are also all fitted into the box and held securely in sections on the sides and back. It is a good quality box with a lovely brass carrying handle and its original working key. There is no major damage and it has a lovely patina.

The microscope measures approximately 13 1/2" tall with adjustment. The stage is 3" in diameter. The box is 14 1/2" high X 6"deep X 8" wide. 

It is in very good condition for its age. It has been used and has normal signs of wear and age but nothing detrimental. The brass has tarnished slightly in places and there are some small knocks and scratches around the base but nothing major. The original lacquer finish is in good order on all components and the microscope moves freely. It has all been cleaned and the brass lightly polished and it displays very nicely.

The microscope appears to be in good working order and I have set it up and tested it with a few old slides - see photos. The pictures are clear and crisp and the microscope is easy to focus with both the main and fine focus. I'm sure the lenses would probably benefit from a light clean and although in working order it is really being sold as a decorative collectors item rather than an accurate scientific instrument. 

The best description comes from the photos so please look at them all carefully and if you have any questions at all please ask.

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