'Model 22' Microscope by R & J Beck
Fine example of a high quality early 20th Century microscope in a fitted wooden case, complete with 3 eyepiece lenses and and 3 objective lenses. The microscope and base are made of brass with a lacquered black finish. It tilts, has an adjustable eyepiece tube, rack and pinion main focus, additional fine focus and a square stage with two slide clips. Below the stage is a mirror to focus the light and a condenser.
It is signed on the arm with the makers name, model and serial number ; "London Model 22. R & J Beck Ltd. London". It is also signed on the top of the lens revolver.
The brass objective lenses are all signed 'R&J Beck' and are 4mm, 22mm 1in x10 16mm. It also has three eyepiece lenses all varying in strength.
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). I'm sure the lenses would probably benefit from a clean but they produce a clear and bright image all the same and the microscope was easy to focus.
It comes in a fitted mahogany case with a sliding section for the lenses to fit in and a lovely brass carrying handle. It does not come with a key and it is not without some marks and light scratches but nothing major.
The microscope measures approximately 13" tall when not extended. The box is 13" high X 8" wide X 6 1/2" deep.
The microscope is in good condition for its age. It has been used and will have normal signs of wear so please don't expect it to be brand new. There are some general marks and slight tarnishing on the lacquer. The lenses have small specks of dirt on and although in working order it is really being sold as a decorative / collectors item rather than a working scientific instrument. It has been cleaned and the brass lightly polished and it displays very nicely. The box is sturdy and has a lovely aged patina.
The best description comes from the photos so please look at them all carefully and if you have any questions at all please ask.