Antique J.Parkes & Son Microscope
Fine example of a high quality, very original microscope complete with two objective lenses and two eyepiece lenses, dating from the late 19th Century. The microscope parts are made of brass and it sits on a black base. The eyepiece tube can be manually adjusted and extended to provide the coarse focus and there is an additional screw at the back of the microscope which provides the fine focus. It has a square brass stage with two slide clips and a mirror below the stage to direct the light.
It is signed on the brass tube "J.Parkes & Son, Patentees, Birmingham". There are two original eyepiece lenses, marked A and B and also two original objective lenses that push rather than screw into the bottom of the tube, an unusual design I've only seen on this microscope. It also comes with three graduated filter lenses that fit on the stage that narrow the field of light.
The microscope comes in its original fitted wooden box with sections for the eyepiece and filter lenses to fit in and two lidded sections for the objective lenses and other accessories. Pinned to the inside of the door is a paper table of magnifying powers and the box comes with its original working key. The box measures approximately 11" long X 7" wide X 4" deep.
The microscope appears to be in good working order and I have set it up and tested it with a few old slides. I'm sure the lenses would probably benefit from a light clean but they produced a clear and bright image all the same and the microscope was easy to focus. Although in working order it is really being sold as a decorative / collectors item rather than an accurate scientific instrument.
The microscope is in excellent condition for its age and displays very nicely. It has been used and will have normal signs of wear but it has clearly been well looked after. The brass has tarnished slightly over time and there are other minor signs of use but nothing detrimental. The box is clean and sturdy with a nice aged patina and no major damage.
A good example of a rare antique microscope, a nice addition to anybody's collection. The best description comes from the photos so please look at them all carefully and if you have any questions at all please ask