Smith Beck & Beck, London #3114

The Universal Model Wenham Binocular Microscope c. 1862

Smith Beck & Beck, London #3114. The Universal Model Wenham Binocular Microscope c. 1862 Smith Beck & Beck, London #3114. The Universal Model Wenham Binocular Microscope c. 1862
Smith Beck & Beck, London #3114. The Universal Model Wenham Binocular Microscope c. 1862 binocular tubes

Wenham's Binocular Body for the Universal Microscope.

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.

The change to the binocular body can also be made with the same facility as has been already described under the "combined body."

objective changer objective changer

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

Smith Beck & Beck, London #3114. The Universal Model Binocular Microscope with case

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.


Remarks on the Binocular Microscope by F. H. Wenham

A short history of the R. & J. Beck firm

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