French pocket botanical microscope, ca. 1840

French pocket botanical microscope, ca. 1840

Stock Number: FG_21047


A handsome botanical pocket microscope integrated into a pencil-shaped box from the first half of the 19th century. This is a rare and early form of these microscopes, incorporating a fine focusing screw at the top of the post which carries the lens and stage. The case is 13 x 7.3 x 4.5 cm.


Case: 13 x 7.3 x 4.5 cm.


French, unsigned

Country of manufacture


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


The mahogany case is fitted for the parts, and the lid slides into the case. Into a boss in the center of the lid screws the pillar, a brass rod with a boss for the stage, controlled by a knurled knob for fine focusing on top of the pillar. Two simple lenses are present, as well as a substage mirror and other accessories. See photos for more details.

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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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