2000 GBP ($2500 USD) + postage

A good and complete Culpeper-type microscope by Dollond of London c.1800


17 x 7 x 7 inches





Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Microscopy, Engineering antiques, Office Antiques


A good, full sized and cased Culpeper-type microscope by Dollond * London, c.1800. Signed on the stage, this monocular microscope boasts a complete compliment of accessories in the drawer with bone pull tab. Standing 15 inches tall (18 inches fully racked up), the  lacquer is a bit streaky on the barrel, but original. Fully operational (one fat/flat tooth causes pause-old repair of rack-see photo) with full range of 5 numbered objectives (all beads/lenses intact), stage bullseye, fish plate, forceps, Lieberkuhn and sleeve, Bonnani stage, live box, ground glass well and watch glass, 4 numbered bone sliders and substage cone. (now in possession of the glass tube to fill all of the slots in the box). The 2 inch mirror shows minor spotting of the silvering and is mounted in a brass ferrule attached to the 7 x 7 inch mahogany base (minor losses to back edge-does NOT detract when viewing from the front). The eyepiece lens has a protective sliding cover and the optics are very good for the era as Dollond was an exceptional lens grinder. The entire microscope is housed in a mahogany pyramidal shaped case with Dutch drop handle and original lock-no key. Internally there have been repairs to both hinge locations (see photo) but they have been expertly done in the past. The microscope itself is very fine with outswept cabriolet legs both to the base and again from the stage to the body tube. No major issues at all and a rare survivor/top maker of the Georgian era. 

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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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