Antique Microscope by Baker
late 19th Century
Fine example of a high quality microscope in a fitted wooden case, complete with an eyepiece lens and an objective lens. The microscope is made of polished brass on a metal base with dark grey finish. The base of the microscope is engraved with the maker's name "BAKER. 244 High Holborn. London'. The whole microscope tilts and the eyepiece tube is extendable. It has a rack and pinion main focus and an additional fine focus controlled by a rotating knob at the rear of the microscope.
The microscope has a square brass stage with two metal slide clips. Below the stage is a mirror for focusing and a brass holder with two interchangeable pinhole lenses that reduce and focus the light.
The microscope comes with a good quality brass eyepiece lens marked '3'. It also comes with an unmarked brass eyepiece lens.
It comes in its original fitted mahogany case with sections for the lenses and accessories to fit in and a leather carrying handle. The box is in good condition and is strong and sturdy with a nice aged patina. There is no key for the lock.
The microscope measures approximately 11" tall plus further extension.The eyepiece tube is approximately 1 1/4". The box is approximately 12 1/2" high by 7 1/2" wide by 6" deep.
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 expect the lenses would probably benefit from a clean but it produces a clear and crisp image and was easy to focus with both the coarse and fine.
Overall the microscope 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. There is some tarnishing on the brass and some light scratches on the base. The lenses are undamaged and although in working order it is really being sold as a decorative / collectors item rather than an accurate scientific instrument. It has been lightly cleaned and the brass lightly polished and it displays very nicely.
The best description comes from the photos so please look at them all carefully and if you have any questions at all please ask.