An early drum microscope by Nachet, circa 1865

An early drum microscope by Nachet, circa 1865

900 euros



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Categories: Scientific, Microscopy


An interesting and quite early small model of drum microscope signed on the arm “NACHET ET FILS 17, rue Serpente. Paris”. We can date this microscope between 1863 and 1872, probably circa 1865.

It is described, but not illustrated, under the number “IX” (page 11) in the 1862 Nachet catalogue and under the number “9” (page 14) in the 1863 Nachet catalogue (in the 1863 catalogue the figure 11 doesn’t fit with the number 9 which it is supposed to illustrate).

The microscope preserved is original rotating diaphgram, its original mirror, one eyepiece number 3 and one very early Nachet’s objective (circa 1840s’/early 1850s’) number 1.

The focus is by sliding and the fine focus work perfectly.

The microscope preserves the major part of its original lacker.

Instrument height : around 30 cm ; box : 26x15x10,5 cm.

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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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