An example larger than usual for this inclining microscope mounted on a round cast iron foot and bearing the very rare signature of “Verchaly Opticien Angers”. The microscope is datable to around 1870-1880s’.
It measures approximately 27-28cm in height. The box 30x13x10cm. The common models measure between 23-25cm in height.
The invention and manufacture of this type of 360-degree incling compound microscope is generally attributed to Radiguet & Massiot around 1870, but this is not certain. All example bears on the wheel of the foot the mention “déposé”.
This example is in good general condition, complete with its mirror under the stage and its condenser lens mounted on the body of the microscope.
Furthermore, the maker make the choice to us a pink brass for the main body tube creating a elegant variation between the pink brass, the yellow brass and the green of the round stand.
Note, small defect: the first two pinions of the rack are slightly threadbare, it is therefore necessary to handle the rack with care when deploying the optical body on its first millimeters, otherwise in perfect working order.
Everything, with some contemporary French slides unsigned, are preserved and the original mahogany box.
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