Cuff-type microscope by John Cuff, circa 1745

Cuff-type microscope by John Cuff, circa 1745




Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Microscopy


Important English Cuff-type microscope signed by John Cuff himself and datable to around 1745-1750.

This microscope is signed on the plate “J. Cuff London”. It is datable between 1742 and the early 1750s.

The microscope preserves its 6 objectives, its fish-plate, its Bonnani stage, its cone to concentrate the light, its original mirror and some accessories.

All the accessories are kept in a drawer located below the microscope and the microscope and its wooden base blackened can be stored in a large pyramidal mahogany box with of a second drawer.

This microscope invented by John Cuff in 1742 can be considered as the first modern microscope ever made because of its general design and the ease of handling it introduces.

If all manufacturers copied this model until the end of the 18th century, this type of microscops by John Cuff himself, in good original condition, are rare.

The microscope measures approximately 36 cm in height and the box 42x21x21cm.

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