Travelling microscope signed Cadot A Lyon and dated 1732.

Travelling microscope signed Cadot A Lyon and dated 1732.




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Category: Microscopy


The whole object is presented as a brown leather cylindrical case with two caps.

The upper part, once withdrawn, opens on the green gilt decorated vellum draw tube topped with the wooden eyepiece. The lower, outer barrel has a fine screw adjustment on the outside for raising and lowering between the objective and the eye lens. The objective is held in a wooden cell that screws on the nose and has a pinhole opening. The maker’s name is engraved around the upper ring that is attached to the disc forming the base by two flat brass pillars.

The slide holder consists of two rollers on opposite sides fixed to the upper side of the base. Below the base is a second disc the same size as the base that has a vertical steel spring that press on the roller, tending to draw the lower disc up against the base (an arrangement devised by Filippo Buonanni, microscope maker in Roma, active up to 1725).

The central hole in the base and the lower plate indicates that the instrument was intended for examining transparent objects by holding them to the light.

Dimensions : 15,4 cm long x diameter 4,5 cm.

Lyon 1732.


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FR Galerie Delalande Paris

After 37 years in Le Louvre des Antiquaires, the Delalande gallery moved early June 2015 to 35 rue de Lille, 75007 Paris, on the other side of the Seine River in the well known antic shops area "le Carré Rive Gauche".
Our main specialties are, since 1976, Marine and Scientific instruments, Tobacco and Opium objects, Curiosities and Great Canes.
We participate to international antique fairs (TEFAF Maastricht) and are unique partner of the French Maritime Museum.
Eric Delalande is also Administrator of the French Experts National Company (C.N.E.).
Please visit also our two websites, which are frequently updated: (French) and (English). ----------------------------

La Galerie Delalande s'est installée en juin 2015 au 35 rue de Lille (75007 Paris), au coeur de la capitale dans le "Carré Rive Gauche", après 37 années de présence au Louvre des Antiquaires.
Nous nous sommes orientés, depuis 1976, vers plusieurs spécialités : Marine et Sciences, Objets du tabac et de l'Opium, Cannes de collection et Curiosités.
Nous participons à des salons d'envergure internationale (TEFAF Maastricht) et sommes partenaires exclusifs du Musée National de la Marine.
Eric Delalande est également Administrateur de la Compagnie Nationale des Experts (C.N.E.).
N'hésitez pas à visiter nos deux sites internet fréquemment mis à jour : (Français) and (Anglais).

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