Antique C.Reichert Wien Microscope
from the University of Cambridge
Fine example of a high quality 19th Century microscope in a fitted wooden case, complete with 2 objective lenses and an eyepiece lens. The microscope itself is made of brass and stands on a heavy cast base painted black. The eyepiece tube can be manually adjusted 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 and a mirror below the stage to direct the light. There is a rotating dial directly below the stage with various sized circles cut out of it which can widen or narrow the window of light that shines onto the subject.
It is stamped on the front of the tube 'UC' for University of Cambridge and the box is stamped U.C.C for University College Cambridge. It is likely the microscope was a student microscope or one kept in the labs at the college.
The microscope was made by C.Reichert Wien and this is engraved on the stage along with the serial number 45199.
One brass objective lens is marked 2/3in and the other is marked 3 E.Leitz Wetzlar. The eyepiece lens is marked 42mm X6.
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.
The microscope comes in it a fitted wooden box with sections for the eyepiece lenses to fit in and velvet lined pads to hold the microscope in place. It also comes with its original wooden lens holder box stamped for C.Reichert Wien. The box is stamped '45260'.
The microscope measures approximately 12" tall. The box is 12" long X 5" wide X 4 1/2" deep.
Overall the microscope is in good condition for its age and displays very nicely. It has been used and will have normal signs of wear. The brass is tarnished and the lacquer has worn in places and there is a slight lean in the tube but it hasn't affected the workings of the microscope. It is also worth noting there are no slide clips. The serial number on the microscope is slightly different to the number on the box so its likely that in the university the microscope has got put in the wrong box at some time but it is certainly the right fitting box. The box is sturdy with a nice aged patina however there is no key. Although in working order it is really being sold as a decorative / collectors item rather than an accurate scientific instrument. in working order it is really being sold as a decorative / collectors item rather than an accurate scientific instrument.
A good example of a rare antique microscope with very interesting provenance. The best description comes from the photos so please look at them all carefully and if you have any questions at all please ask