French early achromatic botanical field microscope, ca. 1840

French early achromatic botanical field microscope, ca. 1840

Stock Number: FG_21048


Early French case-mounted botanical microscope with accessories



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Categories: Scientific, Microscopy, Mineralogy & Gemmology, Natural history


Offered here is a French botanical microscope with accessories. The microscope is mounted on its case and fixed using a brass screw and nut fixed to the inside of the lid. The three objectives provide different magnifications, the resolution and image quality obtained are surprisingly good. The microscope case also contains various accessories, including a scalpel, glass covers, a modern vial with a Canada balsam, and a collection of French transparencies of the small type that was common in the first half of the 19th century. The focus is obtained by sliding the small stage up and down along the pipe used here as a stand.

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IL Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh was the mythological hero of the cultures of ancient West Asia, who set out on a journey in which he sought youth and eternal life.
Fleaglass Gilgamesh is located in Israel. As an archaeologist researching the material culture of the distant past and using the microscope as a major research tool, for more than two decades I have collected microscopes from the first 300 years of existence of this amazing tool and researched the cultural context of their use. Passion has become an obsession and I cultivate the full and almost unique West Asian collection of historical microscopes. Respectively, I put up for sale surplus or interesting items from the collection. I would be happy to advise any interested collector free of charge. Needless to say, I would love to send photos, information and bibliographic references, and discuss the sale details of the items offered here for sale.

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