Antique Bar Limb Microscope Carter Exeter

Antique Bar Limb Microscope Carter Exeter


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Antique Microscope by G.Carter, Exeter 

Circa 1850


Fine example of a mid 19th Century brass microscope in a fitted wooden case, complete with an eyepiece lens, and objective lens. The microscope is made of lacquered brass. It tilts, has a rack and pinion main focus and additional fine focus on the side of the tube. It has a square stage with a manually adjustable slide rest. Below the stage is a large adjustable mirror. 


The microscope is signed with the makers name; "G.Carter. 242 High Street. Exeter." 


The brass objective lens is unmarked and comes in 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 photo). 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 original fitted case with sections to hold the lenses and eyepiece tube. 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 good quality with a brass carrying handle but it has suffered some damage over the years. The lock has been changed and as such the box has two key holes. One hinge has been replaced where there has been some damage and the door has shrunk. There are also some general signs of age and light marks on the box but it has developed a nice aged patina. 


The microscope measures approximately 13" tall when not extended. The box is a compact 10" high X 7" wide X 6" deep.


The microscope is in good condition for its age. It has been well 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. 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.

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