Antique & Scientific Instruments U.K.


Although best known nowadays, for his microscopes, Dancer’s photographic works were most prolific. In terms of sheer numbers, there were more microphotographs made by him than anything else. The book “The Microscopic Photographs of J.B.Dancer” by Bracegirdle & McCormick, illustrates over 500 different microphotographs as advertised by Richard Suter in 1900 and this is by no means a complete list of all the microphotographs produced.

At the opposite end of the scale, this photographic reducer/enlarger was probably a “one off” as all my research has led to finding no other nor anyone who knows of another anywhere.

This mahogany & brass multi-function reducer/enlarger (I think) comprises a 30 inch long base frame on which is mounted three movable lightproof boxes. The boxes are connected by bellows typical of the type used in the second half of the 19th century for photographic cameras. The position of the light boxes is set on the baseplate by hand wheel controlled rack & pinion and the centre box has a vertical shutter. Each of the end boxes is fitted to take a sliding film changer. One end box has the ivory trade plate for J.B.Dancer and the Dancer name is stamped in the mahogany in places. A large condensing lens, a frosted plate and a brass assembly, each mounted on mahogany, also came with the instrument.










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