& 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
The Powell & Lealand "Iron
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.