SOLD This Culpeper microscope, by one of the best London instrument makers of the period, is a very good example, in terms of both quality and condition. It has seen very little use, as the brass retains most of its original lacquer. In particular, there is hardly any wear to the original, thin shellac lacquer to the stage, which is quite unusual for a microscope of this age. Optically and mechanically it is as good as new. It comes with the following accessories: All five original objectives, numbered 1 to 5, highest power to lowest. Bonnani spring stage. Silver Leiberkuhn in brass case Leiberkuhn holder Substage funnel stop Brass forceps Plano-concave glass stage insert for drops of pond-water etc. Brass mounted hand lens 5 specimen sliders, each with 4 mounted specimens. The mahogany case is in excellent condition, with original working lock. Note: there is a tiny name stamp inpressed on the lower support scrolls: M Emer (see photo) There is also a letter relating to the sale of the microscope, dated Nov 23rd ’48, signed M Emers. Biographical note: Thomas Blunt was appenticed to Edward Nairne in 1760, and was in parnership with him 1774-1793. they became instrument makers by royal appointment to George III in 1785. Nairne retired and Thomas Blunt took over the business in 1794. He died in 1823.
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