Leather boxed Ivory Coddington lens, C 1860. These types of basic magnifiers were very populat throughout the 19th c. People had them with them all the time to examine the cellstructures of leaves, the cristalline structures of stones or anything else that took their scientific fancy. This tiny instrument was made from beautifull turned ivory and with the glass ‘coddington’ lens (invented in 1829). Length 5,5 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.