695 GBP ($895 USD)

A fine Gould/Cary-type cased microscope with complete accessories and rarely (albeit carefully) used.


15 x 10 x 4 cm.





Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Microscopy, Natural history, Engineering antiques, Office Antiques


Standing 10 inches (25 cm.) tall on the case lid, this fine simple/compound microscope has seen little use in it’s 200 year history. Well preserved right down to the brush, pin probe and what appears to be the first multitool (for tightening screws and stem?).

The instrument has ALL original golden lacquer intact and boasts three (3) stackable objectives, live box, B/W disc, stage and hand held forceps and 3 matching wooden sample sliders (two transparent, 1 opaque-all samples intact). The rack and pinion motion is tight and flawless, as you would expect. The live box has a 200 year old trapped specimen inside. The instrument can be used in simple or compound formats. The one inch mirror has a small spot of oxidation (see photos).

The brown, felt-lined mahogany case has chamfered edges, a central brass ferrule and both eared, C-hooks intact. Measures 15 x 10 x 4 cm. deep. c.1830. Priced to sell. 

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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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