A Late 19th Century English  Monocular Microscope By W Watson & Sons, Edinburgh Series “F” Model.

A Late 19th Century English Monocular Microscope By W Watson & Sons, Edinburgh Series “F” Model.

Stock Number: 20171031

£685.00 GBP

This is a relatively early example of an English Monocular Microscope, made by W.Watson & Sons, London, and is a Model"F" of the Edinburgh Series.  These evolved from the Van Heurch designs, and onto the Royal, and Grand Royal. It has a Serial Number 4712, dating to C1898. With accessories including objective lenses, Bullseye, eyepiece and a Mahogany Case 

Dimensions

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Circa

C 1898

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Medicine, Scientific, Microscopy

Description

Offered for Sale is an Antique, and relatively early example of an English Monocular Microscope, made by W.Watson & Sons, London“, and is a Model”F” of the Edinburgh Series.  These evolved from the Van Heurch designs, and onto the Royal, and Grand Royal. It has a Serial Number 4712, dating to C1898.  Manufactured with a black finished brass, classical  Tripod, and main upright, and brass main body tube. This has a main focus by Rack & Pinion, controlled for coarse focus by Knurled rimmed brass wheels. Fine focus by a calibrated brass thumb wheel to the rear. The plain, black finished brass stage has simple slide clips, and would not have had a mechanical stage until later models. There is a triple nosepiece with 3 Objective lenses. All have lacquered brass screw top brass cans,  stamped respectively ..”Parachromatic” … 1 inch, 1/6 inch & 1/12 inch, and all “W.Watson & Sons London”. The Mechanical Substage has a rack & pinion thumb wheel control. It has a hand operated, working Iris, and a general purpose removable condenser. The Plano/concave mirror is in vg condition, and swings  on it’s own gimbled mount, attached to a metal and hinged limb. The working microscope apparatus has a hinged brass attachment to the tripod, for angled adjustment.  The condition of the lacquered brass finish is now to a pleasant, honey coloured patina of age, and is virtually intact, with only very minor areas of wear. Inscribed to the rear of the tripod “W.Watson & Sons/313 High Holborn/London”, and to the lower part of the rear tripod limb, the Serial Number ..”4712″     Maximum racked height 15 inches, and minimum 12 inches. Other accessories are a X 6 eyepiece [“B”], and also a quality brass Bulls Eye , with a removable circular base, and a working  plano- convex/glass lens, fitted on a universal mount, and sliding adjustable arm. The fitted mahogany case,  is now to a varnished finish, with evidence of old dings, repaired cracks, but otherwise to a pleasing patina. The hinged door has a lock, no key, and   is retained when closed by a brass clasp.  To the door interior is a small mounted retailers plaque “Wilikin & Lawley, 165 Strand, London W.C”  Case measures  14 inches X 9.25 inches X 8 inches.  There is an original leather carrying handle.  

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GB Millais Antiques

Millais Antiques

I have been interested in scientific instruments since my grammar school days, university , and then working as a DentalSurgeon, until retirement from that profession, twelve years ago. My antiques business was set up 37 years ago, having followed the footsteps of my father. Throughout this time I have dealt in scientific instruments, mainly of a military connection. This includes military instruments, microscopes, compasses, Nauticalia, Telescopes, large and small, and optical items and even writing cases.

I attend the Science Fair in,London, and other Antique Fairs, especially the IACF Fairs, at Ardingly, West Sussex, The "Military Odyssey" at Detling, Kent, and occasionaly,the Bisley Fairs, and Birmingham, at the NMM.

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