Compound and Simple Microscope on a Folding Tripod Base

English, unsigned. c.1815

(Possibly made by Matthew Berge, London)

Compound and Simple Microscope on a Folding Tripod Base. English, unsigned. c.1815

Compound and Simple Microscope on a Folding Tripod Base. English, unsigned. c.1815

Compound and Simple Microscope on a Folding Tripod Base. English, unsigned. c.1815

Compound and Simple Microscope on a Folding Tripod Base. English, unsigned. c.1815

Compound and Simple Microscope on a Folding Tripod Base. English, unsigned. c.1815

Compound and Simple Microscope on a Folding Tripod Base. English, unsigned. c.1815

The microscope and the accessories are stored in a mahogany case measuring 8.25 x 7.14 x 2.5 inches. When set up for use as a compound microscope, it is 10.5 inches in height. The microscope comes equipped with five numbered objectives, another objective with a Lieberkuhn reflector for use with opaque objects, an eye-shade for when the microscope is utilized as a simple microscope, a live box, a fish plate, a stage forceps, a hand forceps, a stage condenser, a dissecting knife, two ivory sliders, an ivory talc box, and two glass stage inserts. Typical of microscopes from this period, the internal optics consist of a double eye lens and a field lens in the middle of the tube.


A similar microscope marked Berge, Late Ramsden, London having a slightly different layout in the case has recently appeared at auction. Matthew Berge worked for the famous instrument maker Jesse Ramsden (1725-1800) and upon Ramsden's death in 1800, took over the business. Berge himself died in 1819.

Compound and Simple Microscope on a Folding Tripod Base. English, unsigned. c.1815. mahogany case.

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