This is a classic example of an early 20th Century Continental Monocular Microscope. Of simple design, made primarily of brass, with a lacquered iron, 2 footed base. There is an angled 2 piece primary brass main column, supporting the brass stage, which is hinged and can be moved from upright,to approx 80*to the rear. The main brass Lens body tube is supported by a solid brass round column, with a brass bracket and sleeve, incorporating a rack system for focus. The bracket also has a hinged Bulls Eye Lens, to concentrate light, to the gimbled concave mirror, below the stage. Fixed to the lower aspect of the stage, is a simple rotating “Iris” device, to increase/decrease the amount of light transmitted to the single brass objective lens. There are 2 slide clips fixed to the stage. The fully racked height is 10 inches [26 cms], and closed, 9 inches [23cms]. All in very good condition, with no stain or blemish, to the lacquered finish. Contained in it’s original fitted wooden case, with a hinged lid, retained when closed, by brass clasps. Measures…10 inches X 5 inches X 3 inches. The case is undamaged. C1900 Possibly made in Germany.
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