Antique Microscope by Swift & Son
Fine example of a high quality microscope in a fitted wooden case, complete with an eyepiece lens and and an objective lens. The microscope and base are made of brass with some parts having a lacquered black finish. It tilts, has a manually adjustable eyepiece tube and an additional fine focus on the rear. It has a square stage with two slide clips and an inset rotator which can narrow or widen the amount of light able to come through to the slide. Below the stage is a double sided mirror to focus the light.
It is signed on the back of the base with the makers name ; "Swift & Son. University St. London. W.C." The exterior of the wooden box has been engraved 'S & A.D. Ch Lab' most likely standing for Chemistry Lab indicating the microscope has come from a school.
The microscope comes with a good quality brass eyepiece lens and an objective lens marked '3'. 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 clean but they produce a clear and bright image all the same.
It comes in its original fitted mahogany case with a sliding drawer for storing slides or accessories. It would have originally had a section to hold lenses but this has been removed at some point. It has its original key and the lock is in working order. It also has two brass catches to keep the door closed. The box is not without some marks and light scratches and a split in the rear panel but nothing major and it is also missing its carrying handle.
The microscope measures approximately 10" tall when not extended. The box is 10" high X 5 1/2" wide X 8" deep.
It is in good condition for its age. It has been used and will have normal signs of wear so please don't expect it to be brand new. There are some signs of age and small scratches not the base which have taken a little of the black paint off. The draw on the tube is a little stiff and 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 working 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.
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