This is a fully intact, unsigned, botanical, simple pocket microscope made of brass, and encased in mahogany. It is estimated to have been produced between ca. 1810 and 1830.
The device consists of a brass column with a round shape, a removable circular stage with a 1 1/2-inch diameter, and a section where a B/W disc and/or live box (not included) can be inserted. There are two clear interchangeable lenses that can be used independently or coupled and can be moved in or out of the optical axis. An accessory pair of scissors comes with the device. It comes in a mahogany case with a central brass ferrule and a brown velvet liner on the lid. Both hooks and hinges are intact.
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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 powerful research tool, I have collected microscopes for over two decades from this fantastic tool's first 300 years of existence and researched the cultural context of their use. Passion has become an obsession, and I cultivate the complete and almost unique West Asian collection of historical microscopes. Respectively, I put up surplus or exciting items from the collection for sale. I would be happy to advise any interested collector free of charge. I would love to send photos, information and bibliographic references and discuss the sale details of the items offered here for sale.