A Cuff-type Chest microscope by Godfrey Lyons at Bristol, c. 1810

A Cuff-type Chest microscope by Godfrey Lyons at Bristol, c. 1810




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UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Microscopy


A good example of a Cuff-type chest microscope in brass. This form of microscope introduced by Ayscough was generalized by Nairne during the 1760s.
This model bears the rare signature of “Lyons Bristol”. This is Godfrey Lyons, active between 1807 and 1816. The microscope is therefore datable to around 1810.
The microscope is in good condition and in working order. It has kept 5 lenses (the lens is missing for cap “2”), its Lieberkuhn mirror, its Bonnani stage, its condensing lens fixing on the stage, a cone to concentrate the light fixing under the stage, a clamp, some slides and a hand magnifying glass.
Everything is well preserved in its original box, complete and in good condition.
Only notable defect: a screw is missing from the rack and pinion of the plate.
The microscope measures approximately 35-36cm in height in the position of use.

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