A good Gould-type microscope by William Cary, London (c1825)
Signed : Cary LONDON.
Box base 125 x 110 x 34 mm; overall height 230 mm
A mahogany box base, lined with blue velvet, is provided by a lift-out tray that is completely covered in blue velvet. The pillar screws into a boss in the top of the lid and has rackwork to the stage, which is fixed.
A sprung ring holds sliders. An ivory black/white disc fits the stage aperture.
There are 3 objectives, a live-box, a stage forceps for insects, a needle with ivorine handle, 3 bone slides with preparation.
Very good condition, noting a little loss of wood at cover and a little de-silvering to mirror.
Although quite popular during the first half of XIXth century, this microscope bears the signature of William Cary (1759-1825), the man who designed this model in early 1820s.
Many different makers copied this microscope and signed as Bate, Banks, Abraham etc. but by far rarer are instruments signed by Cary himself.
By the way, a Cary-type microscope was owned by Charles Darwin in his young days (see relics at Down House).
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