Antique Smith Beck & Beck binocular Microscope, 1860s
An antique binocular microscope by Smith, Beck & Beck of London, this being the companys Popular microscope as described in Richard Becks. Published in 1865 (the black and white illustration is an extract, web-sourced). Smith, Beck and Beck was formed in the 1850s as a partnership between brothers Richard and Joseph Beck and James Smith, all descended from a long line of respected microscope makers. The company operated from premises at Holloway, London and were exhibitors at the Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace. By the early 1860s Smith, the company employed 40 men in addition to 35 boys and girls, as was common in the day. On this particular microscope, the Smith Beck & Beck name is nicely cast into the triangular folding heavy brass stand, together with the serial number - both dating this instrument to the early 1860s (after James Smith retired in 1865 the name of the company reverted back to R & J Beck). The circular stage is fitted with the original sprung slide carrier. Coarse focusing is by rack and pinion and fine focusing by means of a thumbwheel above.
The microscope is complete with four oculars i. Two pairs, four objectives, slide carrier with one microscope slide and original fitted mahogany case. The item "Antique Smith Beck & Beck binocular Microscope, 1860s" is in sale since Friday, December 4, 2020. This item is in the category "Collectables\Scientific Collectables\Scientific Instruments\Microscopes".
The seller is "james_cumbria" and is located in Penrith, Cumbria. This item can be shipped to North, South, or Latin America, all countries in Europe, all countries in continental Asia.
- Period: 1800 to 1900
- Sub-Type: Microscopes
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United Kingdom
- Material: Brass
- Type: Scientific Instruments