A late 19th century English microscope signed probably by James John Smith

A late 19th century English microscope signed probably by James John Smith



Box measures 27x13x8,5 cm


late 19th century

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Category: Microscopy


A little unusual inclinated double pillar in square shape compound microscope in brass with a case foot.

The microscope is signed “James Smith London” which seems no really documented. This maker/retailer could be the great-nephew of James Smith 3 who succeeded him and was established as optician at 56 Tollington Road, Islington, London ?

The microscope is in good general and working condition. It comes with two steel and brass objectives and one ocular.

It is preserved in its original wooden case. Unfortunatly, the case case was recently damage in a shipping and now the lid is loose but just need to be glued again (see the last pictures showing the lid detached and the cracks).


An unusual shape with a signature unknown.

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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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