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Large & Impressive Husbands of Bristol Binocular Microscope

I am pleased to able to offer a fine, large Binocular Microscope oufit by 'Husbands' of Bristol. Dating to around 1860, this Impressive Brass Microscope is in fine condition with an array of original fittings and accessories. Housed in its original fitted Mahogany cabinet and displaying all the atributes of a fine quality instrument from the mid 1800's.

Standing on a 'Y' shaped foot with additional buttress supports, typical of these larger Microscopes. Double sided plano/concave mirror in a gimble. The substage runs on a rack and pinion and has an additional dovetail slide for extended travel and ease of changing the various condenser elements. The stage itself is graduated and fully rotating by means of a geared wheel which can be engaged or dissengaged. Mounted on top of this assembly is another fully rotating mechanical stage with X-Y axis adjustment. The Course focus is by rack and pinion attached to a very large and robust rectangular column, again typical of these very large Microscopes. There is a graduated fine focus adjustment within the top limb. The binocular tubes contain the Wenham prism and have twin wheeled adjustment by rack & pinion for the eyepieces.

Objective lenses are all by Husbands and come in their original and very decorative brass canisters. Two sets of eyepieces and a single example. Darkfield condenser and polarising element complete thi fine outfit.

In excellent condition. all mechanical parts move smoothly and optically ok. The original lacquer mostly survives ok but some parts of he microscope appear to have been overpolished in the past. The cabinet has a couple of pieces of trim missing from its panelled door and the key is missing from its high quality (and expensive) Bramah lock.

The Microscope stands approx 22" high and weighs a substantial 19kg with its cabinet and accessories.

£3000 + Shipping.

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Charles Baker Binocular Presentation Microscope. 1876.

A large cased Brass Binocular Microscope by Charles Baker. Complete with original receipt and Presentation plaque.

In fine condition, this large Polarising Microscope with rotating stage stands over 18" high and comes with its full compliment of accessories as detailed in the original 1876 receipt.

Presented in 1876 to a Mr William Ledlie by the Honourable Commisioners of the Inland Revenue, the receipt is signed by Mr Ledlie and dated August 21st 1876.

Of typical Bar Limb design of the period with Main rack and pinion focusing and thumb screw fine focus to the rear of the tubes. 360 degree rotating stage with Polariser & Analyser accessories. Bench Bullseye Condenser. A pair of eyepieces and four objective lenses. All housed within its original fitted Mahogany cabinet.

1 inch Seibert (No.1) in C.Baker (Agent) canister - As per the receipt which states 'German 1 inch'

1/2 inch Seibert (No.2) in C.Baker (Agent) canister - As per the receipt which states 'German 1/2 inch'

1/4 inch Baker Lens in Baker canister - As per the receipt which states 'English 1/4 inch'.

4 inch Baker Lens. This lens is the only component which differs from the original 1876 list.

In fine Mechanical and optical condition. An excellent collector's piece, and extra special to have the original receipt and dated Presentation plaque.

£1200 + shipping.

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Jones Improved Microscope. c.1820. Signed “Jones. Holborn, London”

A fine example of the Jones Improved Microscope housed within its original cabinet.

Engraved "Jones. Holborn, London" to the tube. The rectangular pillar which is mounted on box with a drawer. Mounted on the top of pillar is a sliding bar that holds the tube, while on the pillar is mounted the stage and the mirror. The focusing mechanism consists of a rack embedded in the pillar and pinion attached to the stage; this arrangement moves the stage up and down the pillar. The gimballed mirror can also be positioned on the pillar by sliding it up and down.

There are a few accessories included.

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John Cuff Type Dollond Microscope

Mahogany cased Brass Microscope by Dollond London, Dated December 1806

Typical tapered cabinet of the period with microscope mounted on a plinth with integral drawer. Interestingly the backs of both drawers are signed and dated “16 December 1806” See images. Cabinet stands 18” high and the microscope on its plinth stands approx 14” high. The brass only retains a minimum of the original lacquer.

7 numbered objectives and small brass pot containing a few slide retaining rings. Both drawers retain the original wooden fittings and green baize.

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