Antique C Reichert Wien Brass Microscope

Antique C Reichert Wien Brass Microscope


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Antique Microscope by C.Reichert Wien


Circa 1890


Fine example of a high quality 19th Century microscope in a fitted wooden case, complete with 2 eyepiece lenses and 2 objective lenses. The microscope and base are made of polished brass. The eypiece tube is extendable and is the main focus. The extendable tube is numbered 140-180 and the eypiece tube adjusts up and down 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 at the back of the microscope.


The microscope has a double revolving nose piece which allows for both objective lenses to be fitted. It rotates around so you can select the appropriate magnification for what you wish to study. 


It has a square stage with two slide clips. Please note that the clips are different and one is likely a later replacement, however they work well and firmly grip a slide. 


Below the stage are two further complex pieces of equipment. There is a magnifying lens which I believe increases the intensity of the light. This can also be swapped for another piece of equipment, stored in the box, which focuses the light. This sub-stage moves up and down by a rack and pinion system and a brass knob below the stage. 

Below this there is another piece of equipment which swivels out. It has an adjustable aperture ring and the whole ring also adjusts back an forwards on its staging by rolling a knob along a rack and pinion - please note one piece of the aperture ring is missing (see photo). It still works and adjusts however it is not a perfect circle. 

Below these pieces there is also a large adjustable mirror for shining the light source towards the microscope. 


The whole microscope tilts backwards from an upright position.


It is labelled on the back of the base and the front of the tube with the makers name, model and serial number ; "C.REICHERT. WIEN. No.16013" The serial number dates it to the late 19th Century.


The microscope comes with 2 eyepiece lenses. Neither are marked however one is longer than the other so they have differing magnifications. 

The microscope comes with 2 objective lenses. Both have their original brass lens cases and are all marked "C.Reichert".There is a No.3 and a No.6.


The microscope appears to be in good working order and I have set it up and tested it with a few old slides. The pictures are clear and the microscope focuses well but I'm sure the lenses would probably benefit from a clean. The microscope is far from new so please don't expect the optics to be like a new microscope. I have included a picture showing the same image through both objective lenses.


It comes in its original fitted mahogany case with a sliding section at the top fitted for the various lenses. There is also a fitted box within the case with a sliding top for storing slides etc. It is a good quality box with a lovely brass carrying handle. There is an old split at the back of the box which has been repaired and generally it is a very tidy box. It has a lock but unfortunately I do not have a key for it.


The microscope measures approximately 13" tall when not extended. The eyepiece tube is approximately 1 1/4" in diameter. The box is 15" high X 8"deep X 8" wide.


It is of considerable age and is in very good condition. It has been used and will have normal signs of wear so please don't expect it to be brand new. 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 an accurate 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.


I have done my best to describe every element of really a rather complex microscope. 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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