A Cuff microscope by John Cuff himself, circa 1745-50

A Cuff microscope by John Cuff himself, circa 1745-50




Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Microscopy


Important English Cuff-type microscope signed by John Cuff himself and dated around 1745-1750.

John Cuff invented his microscope which revolutionized the 18th century microscopy in 1742. His model was copied by all the makers in Europe until the end of the 18th century. This microscope is signed on the plate “J. Cuff London”. It is datable between 1742 and the early 1750s.

The microscope kept its 6 eyepieces, its condenser magnifying glass, its stage teezer, its fish-plate, its original mirror and two round-shaped liveboxes, etc. 

All the accessories are kept in a drawer located below the microscope and the microscope and its blackened wooden base are stored in a large pyramidal mahogany box with a second drawer, including some glasses.

The microscope was formerly restored and refinished, as well as the transport box.

However, an interesting and complete example of this important microscope in the history of microscopy.

The box measures approximately 20.5×20.5×43 cm and the microscope approximately 36cm heigh.


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FR Le Zograscope

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