Miniature Cary Gould Type Pocket Microscope

Miniature Cary Gould Type Pocket Microscope

Stock Number: 431117*A

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Height: 16,6 cm. Box dimensions: 7,9 x 9,7 x 3,9 cm.




Cary London

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Microscopy


The Cary traveling compound microscope is believed to be invented by William Cary and improved by Charles Gould and is made between 1820–1880. It is called a pocket microscope because it can be carried in the pocket during travelling because of its miniature size.

The microscope arises from the shaft which is adjusted to the edge of the box and can be screwed together when opened. All the elements are in lacquered brass. The shaft is signed ‘Cary London’ and functions as a rack and pinion focussing to the stage. The specimen holder can accommodate a standard specimen holder, as well as a live box. The illuminating mirror is missing. At the top of the stem a screw holds the decorated carrying arm of the microscope in which the microscope can be screwed. The microscope consist of two parts and two lenses. An objective can be screwed at the bottom.  Accessories consist of a stage forceps and a live box for water mounted specimens, two objectives and an ivory slider with plant and insect specimens is delivered with four glass slides. The mahogany box is inner box is covered with green velvet.

Height: 16,6 cm.
Box dimensions: 7,9 x 9,7 x 3,9 cm.

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NL Van Leest Antiques

Van Leest Antiques

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.