$500 USD (400 GBP) + postage

A fine Victorian all brass Sorby-Browning microspectroscope c.1860


19 x 3.3 cm. diameter




John Browning + Sorby

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Microscopy, Mineralogy & Gemmology, Physics & Chemistry, Engineering antiques, Patent & Salesmans Samples


To be inserted into the eyepiece hole of any RMS Victorian (English) microscope, this fine instrument shows little use. Everything intact, bright spectral lines from the multiple internal prisms, not a screw out of place or missing, original lacquer. Minor rust on the large blued steel stage clips and one minor loss of lacquer on the body tube. Signed “John Browning, London” in flowing script, this model never had the micrometer eyepiece/mirror attachment seen in later models. No sample tubes or case, just the very fine, original, special attachment.

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CA ScientificaOpticae

Scientifica Opticae

Mark Hacking (Scientifica Opticae Inc.) has been an avid collector/dealer for over 30 years. A former Science teacher, he has an innate love for anything natural or mechanical. Specializing in optical (microscopes, telescopes), surveying, medical, weighing and drawing instruments, he is an active participant of the Scientific Instrument Fair in London. Living in Stratford, Ontario, Canada, with his wife and two children; Mark looks forward to meeting as many fellow collectors as possible, and has a worldwide following on eBay (Sciopti).

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