Antique Microscope by E.Bryan, Manchester
Fine example of a mid 19th Century brass microscope in a fitted wooden case, complete with an eyepiece lens, an objective lens and many original accessories. The microscope and base are made of lacquered brass. It tilts, has a rack and pinion main focus and additional fine focus on the rear of the tube. It has a square stage with a manually adjustable slide rest. The microscope also comes with a set of stage forceps, a live box and a pair of tweezers. Below the stage is a mirror and a revolving wheel to control the level of light.
The microscope is labelled on the back of the base with the makers name; "CARY. 181 Strand. London"
The objective lens is unmarked but it is a two-in-one with a removable lens and it comes with a matching brass lens holder. The microscope also comes with a good quality eyepiece lens.
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 its beautiful original fitted case with sections to hold the lenses and eyepiece tube and a bracket for the accessories inside the door. There is also a pull out tray for holding slides and the microscope itself sits recessed into a wooden board which also slides out of the box to make removing the microscope easier. The box is superb quality with a brass carrying handle and it comes with two working keys.
The microscope measures approximately 13" tall when not extended. The box is a compact 9 1/2" high X 7" wide X 6" deep.
The microscope is in excellent condition for its age. It has been used and will have normal signs of wear so please don't expect it to be like new. There are some small knocks and light scratches on the base and some tarnishing on the brass. There are some general signs of wear on the box but it is sturdy and has a lovely aged patina. 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 scientific instrument. The microscope has been cleaned and lightly polished and it displays beautifully.
The best description comes from the photos so please look at them all carefully and if you have any questions at all please ask.