Pike Maker, 930 Broadway New York, No. 1181

Fusee chain focusing microscope, c. 1880

Pike Maker, 930 Broadway New York, No. 1181. Fusee chain focusing microscope, c. 1880 Pike Maker, 930 Broadway New York, No. 1181. Fusee chain focusing microscope, c. 1880
Pike Maker, 930 Broadway New York, No. 1181

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 ontheir own, sometimes as partners and, at other times, as competitors (see this and this). This particular microscope is a copy of T. H. McAllister's Professional Model Microscope. The main focus of the microscope utilizes a fusee chain drive as opposed to the more common rack and pinion method.

A history of the Pike family business is online.

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