Large improved drum type microscope with rack and pinion focussing of circa 1850. It comes with five numbered objectives, a Lieberkuhn reflector, a brass cell with a glass for wet preparations, a little hand magnifier, a brass talc box, a live box, a forceps an ivory slider and some other asseccories. The mahogany wooden case is covered with red velvet on the inner side.
The drum type microscope has been introduced by Benjamin Martin in 1738. The simplicity and ease of use made them very popular during the 19th century.
Minimal height of the microscope: 25 cm.
Box dimensions: 28 x 15 x 10 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.