Rare and Beautiful english Brass Culpeper  type Microscope by Thomas Rubergall

Rare and Beautiful english Brass Culpeper type Microscope by Thomas Rubergall


Signed "Thos. Rubergall, Opticians, To H(is) R(oyal) H(ighness) the Duke of Clarence”.

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Microscopy


Rare and Beautiful english Brass Culpeper  type Microscope by Thomas Rubergall


“Thos. Rubergall, Opticians, To H(is) R(oyal) H(ighness) the Duke of Clarence”.

Very early 19th century brass Culpeper type microscope by  Thomas Rubergall, London,

in lacquered-brass, with orginal wooden pyramidal case and accessories.

Very beautiful and In excellent conditions  microscope, in his original wood pyramidal case, with two drawers who contain all accessories, with five objective lenses,  ivory slides, ecc.

With beautiful and rare signature engraved on the  circular stage: “Thos. Rubergall, Opticians, to H.R.H. the Duke of Clarence”. normally this long signatures are  write on the advertising  paper label glued on the wooden case, but not in this case.

Interesting also to know the history about  the “Duke of Clarence” who became King when he was 64 years old. 

King William IV, nicknamed the “Sailor King”.

Thomas Rubergall  (British scientific instrument maker; 1780 – 1815)

Made many instruments, microscopes, telescopes, sundials,  including stick and wheel barometers.Optician to George III; Optician to H.R.H. Duke of Clarence (1789-1830); Optician to the Queen.

William IV (William Henry; 21 August 1765 – 20 June 1837) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from 26 June 1830 until his death. The third son of George III and younger brother and successor to George IV, he was the last king and penultimate monarch of Britain’s House of Hanover.

William served in the Royal Navy in his youth and was, both during his reign and afterwards, nicknamed the “Sailor King”. He served in North America and the Caribbean. In 1789, he was created Duke of Clarence and St Andrews. Since his two older brothers died without leaving legitimate issue, he inherited the throne when he was 64 years old. His reign saw several reforms: the poor law was updated, child labour restricted, slavery abolished in nearly all the British Empire, and the British electoral system refashioned by the Reform Act 1832. Although William did not engage in politics as much as his brother or his father, he was the last monarch to appoint a prime minister contrary to the will of Parliament. Through his brother, the Viceroy of Hanover, he granted his German kingdom a short-lived liberal constitution.

At the time of his death William had no surviving legitimate children, but he was survived by eight of the ten illegitimate children he had by the actress Dorothea Jordan, with whom he cohabited for twenty years. William was succeeded in the United Kingdom by his niece, Victoria, and in Hanover by his brother, Ernest Augustus.




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