A large and signed Irish Zograscope by Nelson in Dublin, 1840s’

A large and signed Irish Zograscope by Nelson in Dublin, 1840s’

1500 euros



Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Technology, Magic Lanterns & Optical Toys


A rare signed wooden Irish Zograscope and a large example.

The zograscope is signed on its two steel folding elements : “Nelson Lr [Lower] Ormond Qy [Quay] Dublin.”

William H. Nelson was established in Dublin at 1840-62, 37 or 42 Lower Ormond Quay in Dublin between 1840 et 1862 so we can date this example from 1840s’.

This is a quite large example of Zograscope. The lens measures 11 cm diameter, the original mirror 19,5×14 cm. The large round base is reinforced with a circle of lead to stabilize it.

The height is 59 to 70 cm.

All wooden and steel parts are in perfect original condition.

The large biconxes lens too. The original mirror is a little worn (see pictures) so it doesn”t reflect perfectly anymore.

Otherwise a rare UK signed example of Zograscope.

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FR Le Zograscope

Established by Alexandre Piffault in 2014 and based in Paris at 5 rue de Condé, 75006, very close to Odéon, Le Zograscope specializes in antique and rare books in Science, Medicine and Technology, and rare antique instruments in the same fields. We have especially a strong interest in early and continental microscopy, early and special mathematical/drawing instruments, medical and surgical instrument, and rare technology.

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