This instrument is a botanical microscope, first part 19th C. The instrument has the stage and objective limb mounted to a round support pillar. The stage is attached to a round sleeve that moves up or down on the pillar to focus the sample. The objective limb is screwed into the top of the pillar. There are two objectives that can be used individually, or ganged together for higher magnification. The stage accommodates a Black/White disc, a cylindrical live-box, scissor and forceps. dimension box 12 x 8 x 3 cm.
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Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.