Benj. Pike's Son & Co., 930 Broadway N. Y.

The Professional Microscope with iron base, c. 1880

Benj. Pike's Son Professional Microscope Benj. Pike's Son Professional Microscope
Benj. Pike's Son Professional Microscope Benj. Pike's Son Professional Microscope
Benj. Pike's Son Professional Microscope Benj. Pike's Son Professional Microscope

This is an example of Pike's "Professional Microscope" with the iron base. It is signed on the tube in script "Benj. Pike's Son & Co., 930 Broadway N. Y." It was obtained with one eyepiece and two W. Wales objectives (3/4 and 1/5). The storage case with drawers is a replacement. The firm used the signature and address that is on this microscope between the years 1878 - 1881.

The following was extracted from the Benj. Pike's Son & Co. Catalog of Optical Instruments, c. 1880:

 

Benj Pike's Son & Co

THE PROFESSIONAL MICROSCOPE

Among the many Microscopes which we offer, few have met with the rapid sale, and high approval of Students and Scientific men, as that which we familiarly term our Fifty Dollar Professional Microscope, Fig. 220.

As little can be done at the present time in the line of medical or scientific research without the use of a Microscope, it is incumbent on the manufacturer of such instruments to produce a Microscope of such excellent optical qualities and superior workmanship, and at such a moderate price, as to meet the wants of the Student, and to be to him practically of as much value as an instrument of far greater cost.

Our Fifty Dollar Professional Microscope is especially adapted to meet this demand, and from careful observation we are convinced that, considering the superior workmanship of the instrument itself and the excellence of the Achromatic Objectives which are furnished with it, it stands unequalled. The Professional Microscope when in use with the draw-tube closed is 15 inches high, and firmly and substantially made of highly finished brass. The body of the Microscope is supported on two columns by a joint, so that it may be inclined to any angle. The Coarse Adjustment is by means of a Rack and Pinion, accurately made and fitted, which gives a very smooth and even motion when focusing, and the fine adjustment by a Micrometer Screw, which moves the entire body of the instrument vertically with the greatest delicacy and precision, so that objectives of the highest power may be used with it. It has a Glass Stage which can be moved horizontally in any direction; also a revolving Diaphragm, Plane and Concave Mirrors, and a 6-inch Draw-Tube.

Benj Pike's Son & Co



Benj Pike's Son & Co

Elsewhere in this collection is another microscope marked Benj. Pike's Son & Co. with the 930 Broadway N. Y. address dating from the same time period.


Benjamin Pike Senior emigrated to the United States in 1804. He established an optician's business in New York supplying scientific instruments. His three sons, Benjamin Jr., Daniel, and Gardiner carried on in the business with the father and later on their own, sometimes as partners and, at other times, as competitors (see this and this).

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