A fine mid Victorian microscope oil lamp in its original stained pine case, C 1880. The lamp is engraved on the circular base: Swift & Son – LONDON . The lamp stands on a brass circular base with a tall upright column to the back. The lamp assembly can be positioned at the required height with a knurled wheel locking it in place on the column. A brass collar holds the oil bottle. The lamp comes with the usual ceramic shade with the follow imprint: J. Swift & Son – University optical works – 81 Tottenham court road – London WC – Registered. Condition: Cosmetically the lamp is superb having seen very little use. The lacquer coverage is 99% with almost no wear. The shade had a small crack but further on in good condition. Mechanically all works well and just as it should. Dimension box 31 x 13 x 12 cm.
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Van Leest Antiques, based in Utrecht in the Netherlands, specialises in antique scientific and medical instruments. Their collection covers mainly scientific and medical antique instruments: barometers, globes and planataria, nautical instruments, anatomical models, and pharmacy items. Toon Van Leest travels regularly in Europe and visits trade fairs, auctions, and antique dealers to collect stock and to find pieces to fulfil his clients' unusual requests.
As well as being an avid antique collector and dealer, Toon Van Leest is also a dentist. He believes that antiques are a stable investment, not reliant on trends or fashion, and have truly lasting value. Above all, he says, antiques are timeless and never lose their beauty.
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