For sale a rare Victorian cased binocular microscope by H&W Crouch of 64A Bishopsgate, London. The microscope stand on a reverse claw or Y shaped base with rack and pinion movement for coarse focus and fine focus to the front of the barrel. It is engraved to the barrel with, H&W Crouch, 64a Bishopsgate St, London and the serial number, 312. The case contains numerous additional accessories including a bulls eye condenser, numerous eyepieces and a one inch and one fifth of an inch objective lenses signed to H Crouch at 54 London Wall.Henry Crouch, the driving force and later sole owner of the Crouch business was originally apprenticed to the famous company of Smith, Beck & Beck but left in 1862 to form his own company with his brother William. Initially their repertoire consisted of microscopes similar in design and make up to Henrys previous employers but soon changed their focus to manufacturing lower priced microscopes to cater for an alternative market.
This change won them numerous positive reviews from celebrated microscopists of the period and Henry became a member of the Royal Microscopical Society in 1863 and later, the Quekett Microscopical Club in 1866. Initially trading at Regents Canal Dock, the company moved in 1864 to their address at 64A Bishopsgate and it was while the company traded here that the brothers dissolved their partnership in early 1866.Nothing is known of the reasons for the split but Henry continued a successful trade and in 1868 moved again to new premises at 54 London Wall and again in 1874, Henry moved the business to 66 Barbican. The business flourished for most of the nineteenth century with Henry exhibiting at numerous exhibitions and plying a successful export trade to the US. The firm became a limited company in 1886 and his son became involved in the early 1890s. Given the dates of the early partnership of Henry & William Crouch and the dates for the companys addresses, this instrument can be accurately dated to within a two year period of manufacture between 1864 and 1866. A very early and rare example of this companys output.
Jason Clarke Antiques are happy to discuss carriage, condition or for any other queries, alternatively, you can also message me and I will endeavour to come back to you as soon as possible. I have a number of beautiful antiques for sale, so please feel free to browse my other items. The item "VICTORIAN CASED BINOCULAR MICROSCOPE BY H&W CROUCH OF 64A BISHOPSGATE ST LONDON" is in sale since Thursday, May 10, 2018.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Science/Medicine\Scientific Instruments". The seller is "jason750_1" and is located in newbury, Berkshire. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.