Unique combination of microscope with a cigarette lighter, late 1940s

Unique combination of microscope with a cigarette lighter, late 1940s

Stock Number: FG_21040


Not merely a gadget, this solid Ronson-styled cigarette lighter also functions as a small compound microscope for insects, flowers, etc., and as a thread counter or "linen prover".


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Categories: Scientific, Microscopy, Mineralogy & Gemmology, Natural history, Engineering antiques, Other Technology Antiques, Tools


This is a very unusual, mid-century modern pocket lighter with a built-in small compound microscope. It is most likely made in Germany, ca. 1940s-1950s. The lighter is made of chrome-plated metal with a built-in lucite section. It is unsigned, but it features a Ronson-type mechanism. It bears the advertising logo in red on one side, of Hauni, Hamburg, Germany, a company that specializes in the production of smoking facilities and tobacco. On the other side, it bears an owner’s monogram: R.H.

The microscope’s eyepiece is used to view the sample under the lucite block, which also features a small scale in mm within the field of view. Focusing is achieved by the draw-tube, held in place by friction. The magnification is estimated at 20x and the optical quality is quite satisfactory. The lighter das different measurement scales engraved on the bottom.
Very fine used condition, very unusual and interesting pocket lighter combination.


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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 major research tool, for more than two decades I have collected microscopes from the first 300 years of existence of this amazing tool and researched the cultural context of their use. Passion has become an obsession and I cultivate the full and almost unique West Asian collection of historical microscopes. Respectively, I put up for sale surplus or interesting items from the collection. I would be happy to advise any interested collector free of charge. Needless to say, 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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