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Watson Stereomicroscope

A very nice example of this classic Watson stereo, with a very well thought out design. Finished in blue/grey enamel, the turret mounted objectives are x2.5, x5 and x10 and are matched with two pairs of eyepieces - , x10 and x14 giving a magnification range of x25 to x140. The microscope has a jointed quite long flexible light unit that can provide either incident illumination or is potentially long enough to shine light onto the substage mirror system to provide transmitted light. Dating from around 1960 this is a nice instrument.

Price £229.17 + vat


Watson Stereomicroscope

A excellent example of this classic British microscope. Rotating turret with x2.5, x5 and x10 objectives which with the x10 eyepieces gives magnification options of x25, x50 and x100. The unit has its original arm rests and an ingenious ‘gliding’ stage system which allows the top plate to be moved in any direction. Mirror through the base illumination. Complete with original wooden case.


Watson Service Stand

A Watson service stand only, serial number 90564. No objectives, but complete with condenser and mirror triple turret, plain stage with slide clips. very good chrome and general body work..

Price £45.83+ vat

Watson Service 11

An all original Watson Service 11. The stage, body and chrome of this microscope are excellent and all original. Objectives x40 and 16mm. Ex Zoology department of UCL.  Original wooden case although the strap shows  the signs of age.


Vickers Patholette

In its day this was probably the microscope of choice for education and schools and there are many used examples. However this one is in very good condition and is now clearly a collectors item. All original with objectives x4, x10, x40 and x100 (oil) with x10 eyepiece. Mechanical stage, condenser with flip top lens coaxial coarse and fine focus. Light unit.

Price £187.50 + vat


Prior Binocular

A classic microscope from the British manufacturer Prior. The model is all original and is now a collectors piece. Finished in beige enamel with a black binocular head. Large square mechanical stage with drop down controls. The coarse and fine focus mechanisms are combined into a single control. 6v 15watt Kohler illumination system with a voltmeter display. Focusing condenser with lateral adjustment controls and iris diaphragm. Objectives x10, x40 (0.70) and x100 oil immersion (1.30). x10 eyepieces

Price £287.50 + vat

B&W Stereoscope

This is not a microscope, but an optical system to produce 3D images from 2 photographs that were taken originally from slightly different angles. This type of equipment was very popular in Edwardian times for home use. However this particular unit appears from the case markings to have been used during the 2nd World War to have been used to study bomb damage from aerial photographs. All complete and original with full instructions attached to the lid of the case. A very rare item in excellent condition.

Price £300 + vat

Reichert Viewing Screen

A rare accessory these days, this is a frosted glass viewing screen that will fit the Reichert Zetopan microscope series. The unit is complete with screen shade and its original case.


Baker Monocular

A good example of this classic Baker microscope. All original with objectives x3, x10, x40 and x100 (oil immersion) with x10 eyepiece. Mechanical stage with central drop down coaxial controls. Coaxial central coarse and fine focus controls on the base. Focusing substage condenser with centring controls and iris diaphragm. 240v mains illumination. The only negative is a few small paint chips low on the base.

Price £179.17 + vat

CTS Binocular

This binocular compound microscopes dates from the time when British microscope manufacture was realigning itself. As a result this CTS has some Vickers, Bake and Cooke Baker components. The microscope is all original and in good condition and fully functional. CTS serial number M154147 with x8 compensating eyepieces. Objectives x5 Vickers, x10 Baker, x40 microplan Cooke Baker and x100 (oil) Cooke Baker (numerical aperture 1.30) . Full substage condenser, mechanical stage and light unit (Vickers transformer). Very good condition.

Price £208.33 + vat

Prior Monocular

This is a good example of a British made Prior microscope, finished in dark green enamel with brushed brass controls. Separate coarse and fine focus controls. Objectives x4, x10 and x40  with a wide field x10 eyepiece. Mirror illumination and a focusing substage condenser with iris diaphragm. Mechanical specimen driver. Custom made wooden case. There is a very slight off centre movement of one of the coarse focus controls, but this does not detract from its use or appearance. A nice looking microscope


Price £112.50 + vat

Watson Bactil Binocular 60

Through the 1960’s and 70’s hospital pathology laboratories were totally dependent on these microscopes. To describe them as the ‘workhorse’ of NHS diagnosis from that period would be accurate. This is a functional microscope and also a collectors piece. Obviously the stand shows evidence of its intensive use, but as a microscope it still works excellently - and it has the original wooden case which is unusual these days. Apart from a x20 Beck objective it is all original with Watson 2mm (1.30)  and 4mm para x4 objectives.

Price £145.83 + vat

Watson Bactil Binocular

The Watson Bactil is in truth an iconic microscope with the earlier models finished in black livery and the later versions in white. This example has the serial number 122220 and is in reasonable condition for its age. An ideal microscope for those starting a collection because this is an ‘all original’ microscope. Objectives x10, x50 and x100 with x6 eyepieces. Mechanical stage and full substage condenser with iris and filter carrier. This unit has all the mechanical refinement associated with the Bactil ‘brand’ - the dovetail moving head and the inter papillary adjustment mechanism being just two of these.

Price £183.33 + vat

Baker Binocular

A Baker microscope from the ‘heyday’ of British microscope manufacture. This is a solid microscope with British engineering at its best. Now without doubt a collectors piece but also a functional optical microscope. This is an all original microscope with x10, x20 and x40 Baker objectives and x5 Baker eyepieces. Separate coarse and fine focus systems and a full mechanical stage with separate X and Y movement controls. Focusing condenser with iris diaphragm and mirror illumination. The body work is very good. Custom made wooden case with lock and key.

Price £245.83 + vat


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Baker Monocular

This microscope dates from the days that the principal microscope manufacturers began to merge their production lines. This Baker microscope is the same shape as Vickers models of the same time. This is all original in in good condition. Objectives x3, x10, x40 and x100 (oil immersion) with a x10 eyepiece. Mechanical stage with coaxial front positioned controls. Full substage condenser with flip top lens. Tungsten illumination. Front coaxial coarse and fine focus controls. A few small chips on the paint work but altogether a nice microscope.


Price £179.17 + vat

Beck Stereomicroscope

A Beck stereomicroscope dating from the 1930/40’s and in very good condition. Eyepieces x10 and an objective pair of 16mm objectives. Rack and pinion focus with a glass dissection area and substage mirror arrangement for transmitted lighting. This is an all original antique with a ‘crinkle’ black paint finish and in good condition.


Binocular McArthur Microscope

This is a classic collectors piece that is becoming increasingly rare these days. The McArthur was made by a number of companies during its production period and this example was made by Vickers (Part number M130556). It has a Vickers binocular head with x10 Vickers eyepieces. There are two objective sliders one with 16mm Vickers, x40 Vickers and 1.8mm oil immersion (n.a. 1.3). The second slider has a 16mm Cooke objective. The unit has the removable holding stand. The battery powered light source is also included as are a Britax drawing attachment and an instruction booklet. The general condition is excellent.