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Reichert Monocular

This is an extremely rare very early Reichert with integral transmitted illumination. Serial number 12585. Finished in brass and black in very good condition. Twin objective turret with twin coarse focus and single fine focus controls and a focusing condenser. There is a field lens and filter carrier on top of the light box which has a ‘primitive’ transformer system and rheostat control. This still works although no transformer is supplied because of current safety regulations. A superb collectors piece.

Price £311.67 + vat


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Brass Antique Microscope

From a time when the look of a microscope was as important as what you could see down it. Dating from approximately 1900. This is a long tube monocular microscope in good condition for its age. Single objective (with the original brass objective part) and a single eyepiece. The stage has a simple sliding mechanism that allows traversing the slide. The mirror is in very good condition for its age. The microscope stand is hinged as would be expected for this length of barrel. A very nice addition to any collection.

Price £291.67 + vat

Sibert Objectives

This is a two tone brass objective lenses by Sibert who much later joined with Gillett to form the Gillett and Sibert (G&S) microscope company who were the last of the UK manufacturers to cease trading during the 1980’s. Complete with original cases. Standard RMS screw thread. Not often found.

Price £54.17 + vat

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C Baker Dissecting Microscope

These were extremely popular as student dissecting microscopes because of their simple design which made them affordable at that time. This one would date from the 1930’s or so. The microscope consists simply of a dissecting area that has two magnifying lenses on a slider arrangement so that the magnifications of x5 and x10 can be chosen depending on the specimen. Two removable arm rests. This one shows some evidence of its age but is very solid in its construction. A collectors item.

Price £58.33 + vat

Leitz Wetzlar Microscope

One of the classic antique microscopes made by Leitz Wetzlar with a serial number of 290445 which dates it to 1030. Generally it is in very good condition for its age and is all original. Triple objective with x4, x10 and x45 brass objectives. There is some slight pickling of the brass of these usually caused by constant touching by hands. Elsewhere the general brass and body work is in good condition and the mirror shows minimal picking around its edge. Focusing condenser with iris diaphragm. X10 Leitz eyepiece. No stage clips.

Price £150.00 + vat

C.W. Dixey and Son Microscope

C.W. Dixey and Sons of 3 New Bond Street were from 1777 to 1929 opticians by appointment to several members of the Royal Family including notable Queen Victoria. Despite the fact it is branded with their name and address they would not have made this microscope and it is impossible to be sure of the actual manufacturers, but the base stand does have the look of an early Swift about it. It has a single unmarked objective and a x5 eyepiece. The body work and brass are in very good condition. The stage was made with a cut out at the front and between the stage clips, almost certainly to allow better lighting onto the mirror. Separate coarse focus with the fine focus a single control on the top of the stand. Obviously, a student’s microscope of its day but as would be expected of Dixey and Sons - very nicely made. A date of 1910 would not be too far out.

Price £204.17 + vat

Henry Crouch Microscope

Henry Crouch microscopes are highly sought after by collectors. Henry initially for a few years with his brother William made well respected microscopes from 1862 to 1907, based at a number of addresses in London during that time. This unit has a serial number of 5892 which dates it to circa 1892. This style of Crouch microscope became known as the histological microscope. It had the characteristic stand foot, rack and pinion coarse focus and column based fine focus, condenser with iris and a draw tube. This particular microscope has a rotating double turret with two objectives (not marked) and one eyepiece. As would be expected the brass finish in parts does show some ‘pickling’ , but compared to others we have seen from around that date could be termed in good condition. The mirror is also generally in good condition and the stage still has it clips in place. A genuine collectors piece.

Price £504.17 + vat

Reichert Wien Microscope

This is a Reichert microscope with a serial number of 28029 which places its manufacture at 1904.

It is in very good condition for its age and the brass finish is very good with very little tarnish. It is all original with a twin objective turret with 7a and 3 objectives. The draw tube provides coarse focus with the fine focus on the top of the stand. Mirror illumination with a series of under stage stops. The stage has slide clips. This is a very good antique

Price £254.17 + vat

Microscope by W and S Jones

William Jones (died 1831) and Samuel Jones (died 1859) bought the rights of the microscope book from George Adams in 1798 and between that date and the death of Samuel operated a very successful business manufacturing and selling mathematical and scientific instruments at 30 Holborn London. Their characteristic microscopes were often referred to as the new improved Jones microscope. Its design allowed it to folded completely flat for easy transport, presumably in a horses saddle bag. Their microscopes did not have serial numbers but since William died in 1831, it must date from between 1798 and 1831. Its general condition is good with minimal pickling of the brass but it obviously shows its age. Single eyetube with eyepiece and a single objective. Simple stage with specimen holder and a mirror which is in very good condition for its age. The stage and mirror are held by  a simple pin mount and can both be removed easily.


Watson and Sons Diatom Slide

This is a Watson and Son 313 High Holborn prepared slide of diatoms from Oamaru New Zealand. It is in a monogrammed cardboard case. These slides were often supplied by Watson with new microscopes to prove the effectiveness of lens resolution in defining striations within diatoms. Would date from circa 1910 or so.

Price £45.83 + vat

Watson and Sons Ltd Stage Micrometer

This is a stage micrometer from Watson and Sons Ltd in its original cardboard case with monogram although there is some damage to the top of the case as would be expected from its age. It is difficult to date accurately, but Watson and Sons became Ltd in 1908 and from its presentation a date a little after that would seem appropriate. The slide label is written with ink 100 in 1000 and there are monograms in each corner of the label which would relate to the individual that prepared the slide for Watson's.   

Price £35.00 + vat

Watson and Sons Ltd Stage Micrometer

This is a stage micrometer from Watson and Sons Ltd  It is difficult to date accurately, but Watson and Sons became Ltd in 1908 and from its presentation a date a little after that would seem appropriate. The slide label is written with ink and has the Watson monogram label with an application label saying for ‘low powers. 1/10 and 1/100..   

Price £29.17 + vat

Maltwood Finder

One of the earliest references to a finder slide dates back to 1858 and was invented by Thomas Maltwood, who published his work in the Transactions of the Microscopical Society of London. In his account, he describes an initial attempt to draw a grid onto paper that was stuck to a glass slide. Unfortunately, ruling lines at such a small scale proved to be too difficult for accurately finding positions at a high magnification. A friend of Maltwood suggested that he draw a larger scale which could then be photographed with the negatives scaled down and printed onto glass squares. Starting with a piece of paper that was ten inches squared, Maltwood painstakingly divided this into 1/50th inch squares and wrote latitudinal and longitudinal coordinates in each 1/5th square inch (a total of 38,400 numbers!). Maltwood passed his scale onto the microscope manufacturers Smith & Beck of London, who photographed it and subsequently produced the hand numbered Maltwood Finder slides. This example has part of its wooden case and was supplied by Watson and Sons, which helps date it Watson became ‘and Sons’ in 1883 and later ‘and Sons Ltd’ in 1903. A date of 1890 or so would seem about right. A rare item for the collector.   


R & J Beck Objective

This is a Beck brass objective - 1/10th oil immersion with a coverslip thickness correction collar. In good condition it has an RMS screw thread and would date from 1910 or so.


Ross Objective

Andrew Ross was a famous microscope maker who helped found the Microscopical Society of London (later the Royal Microscopical Society). His company made microscopes from about 1883 to 1900 and was considered one of the best microscope manufacturers of the Victorian era. Ross microscopes and accessories are now highly sought after. This objective is a 1/8th inch with a coverslip correction collar. It is in very good condition and complete with its monogrammed brass case. This would date from about 1890 or so.


Carl Zeiss Objective

Zeiss is currently one of the leading brands of quality microscopes. The company was started by Carl Zeiss in 1857 in Jena Germany, but after 1945 when Germany was divided Zeiss became either Carl Zeiss or Zeiss Jena. That division no longer exists except in history. This brass objective is inscribed C. Zeiss and would date from around 1890 or so. It is not marked with a magnification factor but would be approximately x10. It has a coverslip thickness correction collar and is in very good condition for its age.

Price £37.50 + vat

R & J Beck Objective

Richard Beck and Joseph Beck form the microscope company R & J Beck in 1854 and are generally recognised has having improved the quality of microscope production during the Victorian era. This is a x10 objective finished in brass which is in reasonable condition for its age. It would date from 1900 or so.

Price £29.17 + vat

Antique Objective

This is a very nice antique two tone objective made mainly of brass. It does not have a makers name   but is clearly marked 1/6th of an inch. Probably dates from about 1900 or so.

Price £20.83 + vat

Collection of Brass Objective Cases

This is simply a collection of ten brass objective cases (without objectives) a number are monogrammed and some are not. Amongst those named are Watson and Son, Reichert, Ross, J.H.Steward and Zeiss Jena. All are in very reasonable condition for their age.

Price £50.00 + vat

Brass Field Microscope

This is a very nice brass late Victorian/ early Edwardian field or beginners microscope dating from about 1910 or so. It is complete with a mahogany case with clips. The microscope is brass with a black base and has one eyepiece and objective giving a magnification of approximately x100. Mirror. illumination and focus is by sliding the microscope barrel. The condition of the brass is excellent for its age and it is complete with two prepared from the era of insect leg and wing together with a pair of brass forceps  An excellent collectors item from a time when microscopes were are plentiful as mobile phones are today!

Price £145.83 + vat

MSE BAIRD & TATLOCK 40-4E-39 Metrology Microscope

This to put it bluntly is a very unusual shaped microscope. Originally designed a a metallurgical microscope that is placed on top of the specimen. It has a battery powered light source that shines down from close quarters onto the specimen. The microscope has separate coarse and fine focus systems. There are not many of these surviving in such good condition as this example.

Price £137.50 + vat

Antique Drum Microscope

The Victorian era saw an explosion in the popularity of the ‘drum’ shaped microscope for the amateur microscopy market. These have basically three elements, The eyetube  with an eyepiece that obtains focus by a ‘push/pull’ mechanism. The stage for the slide preparation. The base which provides stability and also the mirror mechanism. This one is in very good condition. A piece of Victorian evidence of the science explosion that was to follow.

Price £79.17 + vat

Hartnack and Prasmoski Microscope

This is quite a rare microscope from this very early French microscope supplier. Hartnack and Prasmoski are dated to Rue Bonaparte Paris and this microscopes has this provenance engraved on its stand. It dates from 1890 and is all original with one objective and eyepiece. It has a push/pull focus mechanism with an independent drawtube. The stage has its original slide clips. This is quite a unique original microscope that is all original.  

Price £229.17 + vat

Victorian Sides in Vintage Case

This is a set of six Victorian prepared slides from notable preparers in a very nice vintage slide case. The slides are:

Diatoms by Russell

Flower bud by Abraham Flatters

Section of stem by W F Stanley

Sporodena sponge by Rev. J E Vize

Hemiptera (true bug) by Norman