A rare large model binocular microscope by Nachet, late 19th century

A rare large model binocular microscope by Nachet, late 19th century



late 19th century

Country of manufacture


Categories: Scientific, Microscopy


A rare example of a large model microscope with a fitting binocular apparatus from the same period.

The microscope is signed “Nachet et fils / 17 rue St Sevrin / Paris” and the box of the binocular apparatus is signed “Nachet & Fils / 17 rue St Sévrin / Paris”. Both are datable from the end of 19th century.


The microscope is preserved in its original wooden travelling box. It comes with two eyepieces numbered “2” and “B” [for the binocular], and four objectives numbered 3, 5, 7 and 9 homogeneous.

The binocular apparatus is also preserved in its original leather case and come with a very rare booklet (with a lot of tears but still readable) explaining the use of the binocular. Furthermore, an handwritting from the hand of Albert or Alfred Nachet is an interesting explanation of the empty space in the case.


The microscope and the apparatus are in very good original and working conditions.

The only flaw is that a piece of wood is lacking on the back of the box.


A rare and famous binocular Nachet microscope.

Case’s size : 37x23x23 cm

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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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