I buy antique brass microscopes and all kinds of early
microscope accessories including: lenses, parts,
microscope oil lamps, prepared slides, slide
preparation equipment, and slide cabinets. Also needed
for my collection are old microscope related books,
trade catalogs, and artwork depicting microscopes and
other kinds of antique scientific instruments. I have
been collecting antique microscopes for over 30 years
and there are still many that I am looking for. If you
have an antique microscope you would like to sell,
please don't hesitate to contact me with the
information. I will respond to all inquiries. I am
also interested in other types of historical medical
and scientific instruments.
On this site you can view some of the antique
microscopes in my collection. They date from the
early 18th to the early 20th century. You can browse the
site simply by viewing the images on the various pages
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interesting as I do.
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Highley's Educational microscope with chain drive
focus, c. 1865
on the images for more information
Horizontal microscope: Made for Widdifield and Co.,
Boston. c. 1845
W. Watson &
Sons 313 High Holborn London #10251. The Van
Heurck No.1 model microscope. c. 1908
Baker 224 High
Holborn London. The No. 2 Nelson model
microscope. c. 1895
Lealand, Elmsdale, Greenham Road, Muswell Hill N.,
Late of 170 Eustan Road N. W. The monocular No.1
microscope dated 1908
binocular microscope. Collins London, 1883
microscope: J.B. Dancer Optician No. 371
binocular microscope: Watson and Son 313 High
Holborn London #912, The Jackson No. 2
Model, c. 1880
microscope: H.&W. Crouch 64a Bishopsgate
Street, London. serial no. 306, c. 1865
Some of the
accessories supplied with the above H&W Crouch
binocular microscope No. 306
left: Carpenter type Improved microscope: The New
Improved Compound Microscope for Opake and
Transparent Objects; right: Porter and
Hunt, London case-mounted microscope. Both c.1830.
polarizing attachments: Stativ I, Carl Zeiss,
Jena, 1351 / 2259. c. 1874
microscope: W. Ladd Beak St. Regent St. W. c. 1864
Wetslar, No. 6260 Stativ IV c. 1883
binocular microscope: Charles G. Ewing San
Francisco c. 1870
microscope: E. Leitz Wetzlar No.25280;
Mineralogical Stand I, c. 1892
left: Jones Most Improved model microscope Bate
London, c. 1825. right: An Improved model microscope
with early Canadian history, c. 1835
E. B. Meyrowitz,
New York. J. Zentmayer, Phila. Pat'd Aug. 14, 76.
The American Columbian Stand
Lealand, 170 Euston Road, London, dated 1892. The
binocular No. 1 model
microscope: Bausch & Lomb Optical. Co.,
Rochester NY, #768, Educational model, c. 1879
Sons, London, Jones Most Improved model
microscope, c. 1820
Works, Tolles No. 15. The B Model Microscope. c.
Thornthwaite & Wood 123 Newgate Street London
C. Baker 244
High Holborn London #6389. The R.M.S. 1.27 model
microscope: R.. Fuess Berlin #131. The Rosenbusch
J. Swift and
Son London W. patent 24960. Portable Histological
microscopes. From left to right: Swift-Brown, c.
1880; Ross field hand microscope, c. 1870;
Pillischer's Lenticular, c. 1850.
McIntosh Battery and
Optical Co., Chicago, # 458. The Scientific
Microscope No. 2, c. 1890
microscope Dollond London c.1830 right: an Ellis
aquatic microscope c.1775.
E. Hartnack and
A. Prazmowski, #13936 c.1875.
A. Ross London,
#443 , dissecting microscope c.1851
microscope, Ernst Leitz Wetzlar No.221090, CM
model, c. 1923
by Charles Chevalier, c. 1855
microscope: John Browning London #419, c. 1875
Swift & Son
81 Tottenham Court Rd London W.C.. The "Challenge"
microscope with polarizing attachments: E. Leitz,
Wetzlar, No. 6097, Stativ Nr. 1b , c.1884
Battery &Optical Co., Chicago # 397.
Clinical Microscope No. 2, c. 1880
Culpeper style microscope. c. 1800 signed IM
McAllister, N.Y. The Student's Microscope, c. 1876
style microscopes. left: unsigned right: Adams,
London, c. 1790-1800
Simple Chemical Microscope, c. 1835
Continental microscope: Carl Zeiss Jena, No. 8223.
The Ia model, c. 1885
A group of
French microscopes c.1860. Unsigned, but each
apparently made by the same manufacturer
microscope: Highley, London
Solar microscope with screw barrel, c. 1750
travelling microscope: Nachet, 17 rue St. Severin,
Paris. c. 1880
microscope mounted on a sharkskin case. c. 1800
Lomb Optical Co. Pat'd Oct. 8, 1876 and Oct. 13,
1885. The Professional model microscope
Camden Rd., London. Case-mounted portable
microscope c. 1858
Jones Improved type microscope, c. 1820
A set of
injected preparations by the Austrian anatomist
Josef Hyrtl. c. 1850
Jena. No. 28495. The IVa model microscope. c. 1897
Small Most Improved model microscope c. 1825
& Beck, London #3114. The Universal Model
Binocular Microscope c. 1862
Geo. Wale, Pat.
App. for. The New Working MIcroscope, c. 1880
Berlin S.W. No. 7982. Continental microscope.
& Beck, London. A set of disks with a disk
revolver for mounting opaque objects
Lomb Optical Co. "The Model" microscope
W. Watson &
Sons Ltd, 313 High Holborn London #10844. The Van
Heurck No.1 model microscope, c. 1910
Lomb Optical Co. Rochester NY, #27818. "The Grand"
Continental Model Microscope DDS. c. 1898
New York. Schrauer's Wale-Limb Microscope, c. 1880
Maker, New York. Schrauer's "Physicians Model"
Microscope, c. 1880
Lomb Optical Co. The Williams petrological
Botanical-Entomological Microscope. "The School
Thornthwaite & Wood, 123 Newgate St. London.
Stage-focusing microscope, c.1850
J. Grunow, New York, No. 950
microscope: signed on the base Ross, London No. 88
and on the stage Powell & Lealand, London. c.
Jas. Smith ,
London #109. The Microscope of Robley Dunglison,
MD (1798-1869), c. 1845
J. & W.
Grunow, New York #499. Binocular microscope with
Two examples of
the R.B. Tolles Student Microscope. Left: Boston
Optical Works, Tolles, #159. Right: Tolles, Boston
#290. c. 1870 and 1874, respectively.
J. & W.
Grunow #594 Binocular microscope c. 1874
Drawing Apparatus. The Embryograph of
Wilhelm His, c. 1881
Spencer's Trunnion Model Microscope c. 1855
Two versions of
the Bausch & Lomb Optical. Co. "Physician's"
model microscope. Pat. Oct. 3, 1876. right: #2188,
c. 1883; left: #1078, c. 1879
microscope made by Charles A. Spencer. Pritchard
type c. 1860
Made by Jos.
Zentmayer, Philad, serial No. 14. The Grand
American model, c. 1860
Lomb Optical Co., Rochester NY, Serial No. 76,
Pat. Oct. 3, 1876. The Professional model
microscope, c. 1876
nachfolger, FR. Belthle in Wetzlar, No. 945.
Belthle & Leitz,
Maker, New York. Prize Microscope Awarded to Frank
Caudkins Bunn, M.D., 1889
Gowlland, Cambridge Mass. (attributed). Monocular
Microscope, c. 1890
E. Leitz, New
York. Serial # 53059. Leitz Travelling Microscope
Portrait of the
Romanian microscopist Ioan Cantacuzino
(1863-1934). Artist signed: A. Lavrillier, Jassy
1918. Bronze plaque 150 mm in diameter.
Nachet, 17 rue
St. Severin, Paris. The Nachet-Smith Inverted
Chemical Microscope, c. 1885
Microscope with stage fine focus, c. 1850
C. Kellner in
Wetzlar, Belthle & Rexroth, No. 280, c. 1859.
The microscope of Louis Bauer, MD (1814-1898)
Seibert in Wetzlar
No. 8984. Petrological (Polarizing) Microscope, c.
Field or Pocket
Microscope marked "Junior", c. 1925. Made by
Spindler & Hoyer, Göttingen
E. Leitz, Wetzlar.
Large preparation (dissecting) microscope with
erecting prism. Model W, c. 1925
Dauphine, Paris. #1812. Small Drum microscope, c.
Bausch & Lomb
Optical Co., Pat. Oct. 3, 1876, Serial number
3340, The Universal model microscope with a nickel
plated surface finish, c. 1885
E. Leitz Wetzlar, No.
8750. Mittleres mikroskop - Stativ III, c. 1886
J. Swift, Optician,
128 City Road, London E. C. Binocular microscope
for conventional and polarized light microscopy,
Steglitz-Berlin, # 1414. Smaller petrological
microscope model Va, c.1908
Cuff's New Constructed Double Microscope, c. 1770
Ernst Leitz, Wetzlar;
serial # 196553. Leitz Large Travelling Microscope
"DT", c. 1920
L. Schrauer, Maker,
N. Y., Second Prize Microscope Awarded to Joseph
E. McKenzie, M.D. by the New York Homeopathic
Medical College and Hospital, 1892
Secretan à Paris.
Solar microscope, c. 1865
Bausch & Lomb
Optical Co., Rochester NY. An early version of the
Investigator model microscope, c. 1880
Case mounted English
botanical microscope, c. 1840
A. Ross, London #599.
Large Bar-limb Microscope by Andrew Ross, c. 1855
Both signed: Made for
McAllister & Co., Philadelphia. Imported
case-mounted French microscopes, c.1844.
Attributed to the Parisian optician Buron.
J. Swift & Son,
London, #14790. The Advanced Student's
Petrological Microscope, c. 1908
E. Hartnack sucr. de
G. Oberhaeuser. Place Dauphine 21, Paris, #5024.
Middle model drum microscope, c. 1865
Cheapside London. New Improved Pocket Compound
Microscope . Cary-Gould type microscope, c. 1830.
Paul Waechter, Berlin
#12416, Large model No. 1b for bacteriological
investigations, c. 1888. The microscope of Dr.
Julius Townsend Rose MD (1869-1950)
Brunner à Paris, 34
Rue des Bernardins. Gruby Type Pocket Microscope,
& Lomb Optical Co. N.Y., # 36575. Bausch
& Lomb Petrographical Microscope. Stand LC, c.
Dollond London. Gould
type chest microscope, c.1830
Bausch & Lomb
Optical Co. No. 5508. The Harvard Model
Microscope, c. 1888
L. Schrauer, Maker,
New York. Large continental style microscope, c.
Powell & Lealand,
4 Seymour Place, Euston Square, London. Monocular
microscope dated 1850. Model No. 3
A Most Improved type
microscope with advanced features. An early
achromatic (and non-achromatic) transitional
microscope, c. 1830
R. & J.
Beck, 31 Cornhill, London, #5703. The Large Best
model binocular microscope. c.1871
in Wien. Non-inclining Large Microscope, c. 1845
nachfolger, FR. Belthle in Wetzlar, No. 829, c.
1866. Model 3a, Kleines Mikroskop
Pike Maker, 518
Broadway New York, No. 120. Large microscope with
Lister-limb made by Daniel Pike, c. 1871
Engell's) Class or Demonstrating Microscope, c.
W. H. Bulloch,
Chicago, Pat. 1879, #260. The No. 1
Professional Binocular Microscope. c.1883
Wilson screw barrel microscope signed: Culpeper Fecit, c. 1720
Portrait in oil of Jakob Vimpel in his laboratory at the Carlsberg Breweries. Danish, first quarter of the 20th century.
T. H. McAllister, N. Y. The Physician's Model Microscope, c.1880