Miniature folding pocket compass microscope, early-mid-18th century.

Miniature folding pocket compass microscope, early-mid-18th century.

Stock Number: FG_23011


A nice and rare miniature folding compass microscope with two Lieberkühn lenses in a pocket-sized case.



Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Microscopy, Mineralogy & Gemmology, Natural history


A nice and rare (only two more examples are known so far) miniature folding compass microscope set in a pocket-sized sharkskin-costed small etui. The box may be adopted from a tiny screw-barrel microscope, though it fits very well with this microscope. There are two Lieberkühn lenses having different magnifications, the usual tweezers/pin holder and an optional black/white circular tray that may be an addition (as the tweezers cannot be screwed off their pin). In all, a very rare and nice early naturalist’s pocket aid.

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IL Gilgamesh

Gilgamesh was the mythological hero of the cultures of ancient West Asia, who set out on a journey in which he sought youth and eternal life.
Fleaglass Gilgamesh is located in Israel. As an archaeologist researching the material culture of the distant past and using the microscope as a powerful research tool, I have collected microscopes for over two decades from this fantastic tool's first 300 years of existence and researched the cultural context of their use. Passion has become an obsession, and I cultivate the complete and almost unique West Asian collection of historical microscopes. Respectively, I put up surplus or exciting items from the collection for sale. I would be happy to advise any interested collector free of charge. I would love to send photos, information and bibliographic references and discuss the sale details of the items offered here for sale.

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