SOLD – A good, clean lacquered brass portable microscope by ‘Powell & Lealand, 170 Euston Road, London’ as signed on the bar limb.
The stage turns 90 degrees for storage and has a Turrell-type mechanism, and the top plate has slide rests. It has an excellent articulated plano-concave mirror on an articulated arm and a condenser mount on rackwork. With coarse and fine focussing, all thumb wheels working well, the microscope very clean and retaining all original lacquer. Height 420 mm, foot 160 x 150 mm.
The case ( 288 x 212 x 90 mm ) has a small crack to the lid and brass plaque engraved, ‘Powell & Lealand’s Portable Microscope. Sir David Salomons. Broomhill. Tunbridge Wells’.
Sir David Salomons, 2nd Baronet (1851 – 1925) was a British scientific author and barrister who produced several scientific works and pamphlets. He was a JP, Deputy Lieutenant and Sheriff of Kent (1880), Mayor & Alderman of Tunbridge Wells, County Councillor for Tonbridge, JP for London, Middlesex, Sussex and Westminster, and Chairman (1896 – 1900) and joint managing director (1915-23) of the City of London Electric Light Company Ltd. He was appointed Honorary Colonel of the Kent Fortress Royal Engineers (1908).
He inherited the Broomhill estate (now a museum) in 1873 and set up large laboratories and workshops, and carried out various experiments involving electricity. He took out various patents for electric lamps, current meters and improvements on electrical equipment.
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I live in Lancashire (U.K.) and have been a dealer and collector of scientific and nautical instruments for a number of years. My stock has included some fine items from museums and colleges, which were surplus to their requirements. I occasionally purchase some interesting items from abroad, having established some reliable sources.