This is a so-called Gould-style compound microscope with a rectangular support pillar. The support is hinged at the bottom and mounted in the inner bottom of a rectangular wooden case. The focus is achieved by sliding the stage up and down the main support pillar. The illuminating mirror is inserted into the pillar below the stage with a pin. The stage has two rectangular brass plates. The top plate has two locating pins that fit into matching sleeves attached to the bottom plate, creating a mechanism for supporting sample slides. On the top of the main stage plate, there is a circular depression that matches the fitting livebox. The microscope optics consist of a Huygenian eyepiece and three objective lenses, that can be used separately or stacked to achieve a range of magnifications. The case is made of mahogany with a hinged and keyed top piece. Inside, the case is lined with velvet. Imaging is good and clear for the period. This is apparently a European variant of the British design.
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Gilgamesh was the mythological hero of the cultures of ancient West Asia, who set out on a journey in which he sought youth and eternal life.
Fleaglass Gilgamesh is located in Israel. As an archaeologist researching the material culture of the distant past and using the microscope as a powerful research tool, I have collected microscopes for over two decades from this fantastic tool's first 300 years of existence and researched the cultural context of their use. Passion has become an obsession, and I cultivate the complete and almost unique West Asian collection of historical microscopes. Respectively, I put up surplus or exciting items from the collection for sale. I would be happy to advise any interested collector free of charge. I would love to send photos, information and bibliographic references and discuss the sale details of the items offered here for sale.