The Withering botanical cased microscope is dating to about the year 1800, is constructed by brass with a solid stage. Supported by two brass rods are original lens casings at each end. The brass stage can be moved up or down to focus. This construction differs from Withering’s description in that the original instrument had three pillars, rather than the two as this one. This instrument is contained in a Marrocco red leather covered cylindrical case. It is a plain one because here aren’t holes in the stage which could be used to store a tweezer and two additional instruments such as dissecting needles or a scalpel. Diameter case 4,5 cm by 7,5 cm high.
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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.