The Universal Model Wenham Binocular Microscope c. 1862
Binocular Body for the Universal
This Binocular Body (fig. 45), as applied to. the
Universal Microscope, possesses the following
advantages:- The object-glasses are mounted on a
rotating disk, as already described under the
combined body; an adjustment for different distances
between the eyes is made by turning the milled head
(F), which will move the draw-tubes (E,E) up or down.
The reflecting prism is placed close behind the back
lens of each object-glass, and with this arrangement
the field of view is not cut off when the objects ure
viewed as transparent, with the highest power.
to the binocular body can also be made with the same
facility as has been already described under the
The firm was
established by James Smith, one of the three
premier English microscope manufacturers of the
Victorian era (the two others were A. Ross and H.
Powell), around 1839. In 1847 Richard Beck became a
partner in the firm and was shortly followed by his
brother Joseph Beck in 1857. After the retirement
of Smith in 1865, the firm was known as R&J
Beck. Read about the Universal Microscope
as described in Richard Beck's The
Achromatic Microscope, 1865
The Smith and Beck
delivery books indicate that this microscope was
purchased by E. Towns in July 1862. Elsewhere on this website
is an example of the
monocular version of this microscope.