Early 19th c. pocket case-mounted simple & compound microscope

Early 19th c. pocket case-mounted simple & compound microscope

Stock Number: FG_21010


A pocket microscope from the beginning of the 19th century intended for botanical, zoological and mineralogical observations in field conditions.


Case: 16 x 9.4 x 4 cm, weight: 411 gr.



Countries of manufacture

Germany, France

Categories: Mineralogy & Gemmology, Natural history, Scientific, Microscopy


A pocket microscope of this kind became popular in the early 19th century. The kit allows the device to be used both as a simple or as a compound microscope, with a variety of magnifications available in both positions. The kit is contained in a nice polished and lacquered chestnut case, and the microscope is used when the case is opened and its contents unfolded. The microscope is screwed into a base located in the inner corner of the box (unlike Gould-type microscopes that were made to be screwed on top of the case lid, hence being less convenient in operation). The kit includes tweezers and a small scalpel for dissection, a live box, and a glass tube with cork stoppers at both ends for observations of tiny organisms alive. Focusing is obtained by friction while raising and lowering the stage along the pole. This way, an “aquatic” effect can also be achieved because, unlike Gould-type microscopes, the stage can also be rotated left and right around its axis.

According to his style, this microscope appears to be made in France or in the German lands.

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IL Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh was the mythological hero of the cultures of ancient West Asia, who set out on a journey in which he sought youth and eternal life.
Fleaglass Gilgamesh is located in Israel. As an archaeologist researching the material culture of the distant past and using the microscope as a major research tool, for more than two decades I have collected microscopes from the first 300 years of existence of this amazing tool and researched the cultural context of their use. Passion has become an obsession and I cultivate the full and almost unique West Asian collection of historical microscopes. Respectively, I put up for sale surplus or interesting items from the collection. I would be happy to advise any interested collector free of charge. Needless to say, I would love to send photos, information and bibliographic references, and discuss the sale details of the items offered here for sale.

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