$649 USD ( 500 GBP)(600 EUROS) postage included

A signed Cary, simple/ compound pocket microscope in flawless case c.1825


3 1/2 x 3 x 1 1/2 inches





Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Microscopy, Natural history, Engineering antiques, Office Antiques


A simple/compound pocket microscope signed “Cary, London”. Not without it’s faults but an example with 99% original golden lacquer and a flawless case with both hooks intact.

Every space is filled but the high power objective lacks it’s lens, the 1 inch mirror has been professionally rebuilt/replaced and the stage forceps have been replaced by a pin probe. The rack is perfect but one of the teeth on the gear must be bruised as the action occasionally “hangs up” (every rotation needs a little nudge). There are 3 stacking objectives, live box, stage forceps and two numbered bone sliders with all cells intact.

Notwithstanding, this is an otherwise fine example of a Cary/Gould pocket/field botanical microscope made famous by William Cary c. 1825. The domed, flame mahogany case measures 3 1/2 x 3 x 1 1/2 inches deep (8.5 x 7.5 x 3 cm). Priced to sell.

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CA ScientificaOpticae

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Mark Hacking (Scientifica Opticae Inc.) has been an avid collector/dealer for over 30 years. A former Science teacher, he has an innate love for anything natural or mechanical. Specializing in optical (microscopes, telescopes), surveying, medical, weighing and drawing instruments, he is an active participant of the Scientific Instrument Fair in London. Living in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and two children; Mark looks forward to meeting as many fellow collectors as possible, and has a worldwide following on eBay (Sciopti).

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