French pocket botanical microscope in fitting case, ca. 1840
Stock Number: FG_21013
This single microscope was used by botanists and entomologists. The instrument, of French origin, dates from the middle of the 19th century.
The box measures 13.7 x 8.3 x 4.6 cm.
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In his ELEMENTARY TREATY OF PHYSICS, A. Privat-Deschanel describes in 1869 a simple microscope in which it is the lens that can be lowered or raised and not the specimen stage as for our instrument. The eyecup carrying the lens is fixed and focusing is carried out by moving the specimen stage vertically by the set of a rack included in the column of the microscope. The movement is controlled by a knurled knob integral with a pinion acting on the rack. The box contains two lenses numbered 1 and 3, 3 corresponding to the highest magnification. Each lens is held in an eyecup that screws onto the horizontal arm of the microscope. There are two versions of each of these instruments: either it has a circular brass base as in this case, or it can be fixed on the lid of its storage box.
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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.