I have for sale an unsigned Cary-Gould type microscope c. 1840 contained in its original blue-velvet-lined mahogany box. The microscope comes with two lenses and a threaded aperture fitting as well as miniature stage forceps and a small bone-handled lancet. The microscope measures approximately 150-160mm high racked up; the optics are reasonable for their age; the rack and pinion focusing mechanism works well.
The stage and slide holder are both present. There is a small, very shallow dent on the tube and the mirror, whilst still reflecting light well, is foxed. Unusually, this microscope doesnt screw into a threaded seat on its box but has instead a folding foot. Much of the original lacquer is present but is streaked and discoloured in places.
A competent restorer could easily relacquer the microscope if desired. The beautifully coloured mahogany box has been damaged and repaired; there is a glued and stabilised crack at the top rear of the lid and one of the sides of the lid has been replaced with a piece of contemporary mahogany, neatly filleted in and close in colour to the original. Two small screws are missing from the hinges of the box; one from each hinge. The press stud that operates the catch is not present, although the tiny frame that holds the brass tongue fast is loose in the box. The frame has been broken off the inside of the lid at some point with loss of wood to the inside, as can be seen in the photo.In short, a rare unsigned working Cary-Gould microscope in its original box and in reasonable condition. Please study the photographs as they form an integral part of this description. The item "Unsigned Cary-Gould type folding-foot microscope c. 1840 in mahogany box" is in sale since Friday, February 19, 2021.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Science/Medicine\Scientific Instruments". The seller is "ridout691" and is located in Bath. This item can be shipped to United Kingdom.