Powell & Lealand, London

 Student microscope with Varley stage, c. 1850

Powell & Lealand student microscope with Varley stage

Powell & Lealand student microscope with Varley stage

Powell and Lealand brass student microscope with Varley stage

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Powell & Lealand student microscope with Varley stage in the case

Powell and Lealand Iron Microscope

The Powell & Lealand "Iron Microscope"

Powell & Lealand London

The Powell & Lealand Student microscope, introduced in 1840, generally was constructed without a fine adjustment and with a painted iron base and limb (and in fact, it is often called the "Iron Microscope". See this example. The present example is exceptional given that it has a nosepiece fine adjustment and is constructed entirely in brass.


The firm began with the partnership established between Peter Lealand & Hugh Powell in 1841. Previous to that, Hugh Powell produced microscopes under his own name and for the trade. At different times, they were located at various addresses in London: 24 Clarendon St., Somers town 1841-1846, 4 Seymour Place, Euston Sq., New Rd. 1847-1857, and 170 Euston Rd. 1857-1905. The business was operated by Thomas Powell, son of the founder, after his father's death in 1883.

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