Imported French Microscope with Ball & Socket Inclination
Benjamin Pike's Son & Co. - The Smaller Educational Microscope, c. 1880
This microscope is unsigned by its maker. It was likely made in France. It was imported by the retailer Franks Optician, 48 Briggate, Leeds as indicated by a label attached to the inside cover of the storage case. This microscope was also offered for sale in the USA as seen in the excerpt from the Benjamin Pike's Son & Co. catalog c. 1880, where it was called The Smaller Educational Microscope.
The microscope is made entirely of brass. It measures about 8-inches in height as shown in the photos. The base is 2.5-inches in diameter. Focusing is by rack and pinion. Inclination utilizes a ball and socket mechanism. It is suppled with a single eyepiece, a triple button objective, which is divisible for power change, and a tube mounted condenser lens for illumination of opaque specimens.