Ellis-type Aquatic simple Microscope, UK, Circa 1760-1770

Ellis-type Aquatic simple Microscope, UK, Circa 1760-1770




Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Microscopy


A so-called aquatic microscope invented by John Ellis around 1755 and then marketed by John Cuff.
Our model is not signed but it is English, around 1760-1770.
This revolutionary model of simple microscope had the great advantage of offering rapid horizontal and vertical movement of the objective holder. It was used by Ellis for observing aquatic objects and animals but is more generally used for natural history observations requiring low magnification.
This copy is complete with its mirror, its plate (formerly restored), its lens holder and two lenses of different magnification fitted with their silver Lieberkuhn mirror.
Everything can be stored in its transport box in ray or shark skin lined with green velvet.
Good working condition.
The box measures 11×11 cm and the microscope about 16-17cm in height.

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FR Le Zograscope

Established by Alexandre Piffault in 2014 and based in Paris at 5 rue de Condé, 75006, very close to Odéon, Le Zograscope specializes in antique and rare books in Science, Medicine and Technology, and rare antique instruments in the same fields. We have especially a strong interest in early and continental microscopy, early and special mathematical/drawing instruments, medical and surgical instrument, and rare technology.
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