A rare & early largest Microscope by Simon Georg Ploessl (1794-1868)

A rare & early largest Microscope by Simon Georg Ploessl (1794-1868)

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Circa

1833

Country of manufacture

Other

Categories: Scientific, Microscopy

Description

Vienna c. 1833, the large tripod Model with the early types of objectives (1-6), one eye-piece, a rare fixed Fraunhofer table (damages, small parts missing, part of the arge vertical screw missing) and a hinged stand for using the microscope horizontally. (no case). “unrestored original Condition as found”, Lacquer in good condition. Rare example of one of Ploessls large masterpieces. 

Original German catalogue description from 1833 (Beilage zu Nr. 254 der Astronomischen Nachrichten): “Grosses zusammengesetztes Mikroskop, dessen Körper durch Triebwerk gegen den feststehenden Objecttisch bewegt wird, auf messingenem, zusammen zu legenden Dreifuss; mit drei Ocularen aus einfacher Linse und Collectivglase bestehend, zum Aufstecken, und sechs achromat., aplanatischen Linsen, über einander zu schrauben.  (…) 185 fl. ” 

The version with the Fraunhofer-Micrometer “Mikrometerschraube nach Fraunhofer” was priced at 275 fl.  

The version with the hinged stand was another extra 15 fl. 

 

Provenance: Austrian private collection. 

 

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The Wissenschaftliches Kabinett is based in the inner city of Vienna, Austria and was established in 1988 by Dr. Max Weber. Later it was taken over by Simon Weber-Unger who specializes in antique scientific and natural history antiques. The Wissenschaftliches Kabinett Simon Weber-Unger exhibits at the Hofburg Antique Fair in Vienna, the Residenz Antique Fair in Salzburg, the antique scientific instrument fair in London and at antique fairs in Zurich and Munich. Simon Weber-Unger is the head of the antique scientific instrument department and antique camera department at the auction house Dorotheum in Vienna and has published articles about scientific instruments in several magazines.