$750 USD (600 GBP) postage included

A fine Withering-type brass microscope in it's original case c.1800


3 1/2 x 2 inches dia. ( 9 x 5 cm.)





Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

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


A fine 18th century Withering round brass microscope with all of it’s tools, 2 objective lenses and b/w disc for the stage, glass insert/well (see last 2 photos). 3 1/2 inches tall and 2 inches in diameter and in it’s original faux sharkskin black case with marbeled paper. The four tools include knife, pin probe, brass probe and wonderful early hand forceps. Bun feet. Old repair to knife handle-stable. 

William Withering first published this and other forms in 1776 and the basic design was copied and modified many times by many makers over the next 40 years. This model has no mirror as seen in later modifications. Popular pocket microscope for the field naturalist. A little fiddly with all of the tools locking into slots/holes on the round, adjustable uprights used to focus.

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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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