Charles Baker's Educational Microscope
A “Society of Arts” style compound microscope signed on the brass claw foot base “C. Baker, 243 & 244 High Holborn, London”. Minimum height 15”, extending to 17” by rack and pinion coarse focus. The fine focus is mounted on the tube. The 3 1/4” wide square stage is fitted with a sliding brass slide holder. The 8” body tube is fitted with the original necked-down unmarked eyepiece and unmarked objective which appears to be missing a bottom collar, but focusses correctly and is optically intact. The tubular tailpiece is fitted with a mirror gimbal. The 2” diameter mirror cell is missing. Both needle end screws are present in the gimbal. The finish is only fair, with traces of brass cleaner in many crevices, a common problem in purchasing from antique malls. This instrument is illustrated and described in Hogg’s 1867 6th edition of The Microscope. An all-brass early Victorian, signed microscope with no mirror and no box.
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