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 An antique microscope, engraved on the limb Abraham & Co., Liverpool. This mid 19th century (circa 1850), monocular microscope with accessories in it's fitted case is similar in style to the Society of Arts microscope but was made before the Society offered the prize for the 3 guinea microscope. The microscope accessories include forceps, eyepiece, a 1inch objective, a ¼ inch objective (both in matching brass cans and with pre-RMS threads), old slides, and watch glass type wet cells. The microscope has a detachable body tube with rack & pinion main focus, square stage with slide bar & built-under wheel of stops condenser and a single sided substage concave mirror. The mahogany case, which is just under 9 inches long, has brass hinges & catches. The finish on the instrument is somewhat worn and chipped as you might expect from a 150+ year old microscope, but is in good working order and is a typical example of this famous maker’s instruments -


VINTAGE BAKER  INTERFERENCE MICROSCOPE - A 20th century Interference Microscope with petrological and dark ground facilities. The instrument has both binocular and monocular eye sets, quickly exchangeable single and triple nosepieces, three, interference objective/sub stage condenser pairs (X10, X40 & X100) and a darkfield objective/sub stage condenser (X100) pair. There is a plano-concave mirror plugged into the limb beneath the sub-stage. The sub-stage has built-in lever operated iris, filter holder and separate lever operated polariser. Focussing the sub-stage is by rack & pinion thumbwheel and the sub-stage has the quick change facility for condensers. The centring/rotating stage is graduated 0 – 360 degrees and course & fine focus is by racking the whole stage assembly. Above the nosepiece is a lever for mon/bi use by sliding a small correcting lens into or out of the light path, a slider with a quarter waveplate, a rotating polarising disc graduated 0 – 240 degrees with a magnifier to help read the scale. The whole body tube assembly is removable and clamped in place with a small lever on the right side of the body tube. The binocular eye set rotates and inter-ocular separation is swinging out the eyepieces. The binocular set is replaced by a monocular set by un-screwing the ring at the top of the eyetube. As well as all the built-in features, this microscope comes with a separate goniometer eyepiece set comprising 0-360 degree graduated base with lever operated iris, above which is a sliding 6 order quartz wedge with micrometer scale and a sliding eyepiece filter pair, with magnifier. There are also two pairs of eyepieces (X5 & X10) for the binocular set and two monocular eyepieces (X7.5 micrometer & a telescoping variable power).The microscope was made by "C.BAKER, London", and comes in a fitted case along with another case of accessories. - 


 A top quality Victorian burr walnut stereo viewer. The instrument folds down to 11 x 7 x 4 inches and stands some 17 inches high in use. It is in excellent working order and comes with one stereo card of the moon and a set of Victorian romantic “life” cards. -






A selection of small pocket or field microscopes, are available.




Slides and accessories such as microscope nosepieces, camera lucidas, stage aids, objectives, sub-stage accessories, eyepieces, etc.



INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE USE OF THE BECK MICROSCOPE by R & J BECK LTD. A 24 page hard back booklet on how to use the Beck microscope. -

Photomicrography, in theory & practice - Schillaber, 1949 -

Modern Microscopy by Cross & Cole, 1922-

The Microscope - A Simple Handbook  by Conrad beck (R & J Beck) 1923 -  

Practical Microscopy by L.C.Martin and B.K.Johnson, 1931 -  

Microscopes and microscopic life by Peter Healey, 1969 -  

The Microscope - A Practical Handbook, by A.H.Drew & L. Wright, 1922 -  

Common Objects of the microscope - J G Wood, 2nd ed. -



MMS or Manchester Microscopical & Natural History Soc.

Interested in microphotographs, then this book on stanhopes book is a must.





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