This month, we’re showcasing a particularly unique pre-owned product: an antique Andrew Ross binocular microscope which dates back to the 1850s. With its all-brass construction and robust stand and stage, this microscope is a stunning example of an important time in the history of microscopes.
As a priceless collector’s piece as well as a practical piece of history, this microscope would make an ideal gift for a recent medical school graduate or science enthusiast.
Let’s find out more about this antique Andrew Ross compound binocular microscope and why it’s our pre-owned product of the month.
Why We Love the Antique Andrew Ross Binocular Microscope
This antique Andrew Ross compound binocular microscope is made entirely of brass, and features two separate trunions. It is equipped with both achromatic and spherical objectives, and the rear of the base is engraved with the words “A. Ross London 647.”
This microscope is a fantastic example of the innovations taking place in the world of microscopes in the mid-19th century. It is a testament to Ross’ commitment to innovation and experimentation, and is nothing short of a functional work of art.
It weighs 22 pounds, measures 22 ½ inches by 7 ½ inches and features a Y-shaped base.
To determine the details and authenticity of this microscope, we refer to the Billings Microscope Collection of the Medical Museum, Armed Forces Institute of Pathology. Published by the U.S. government, this book is a trusted resource for hobbyists and professionals alike.
The Brand Behind the Product
Andrew Ross was an optician and instrument maker who lived in London, England, during the 19th century. After completing a 17-year apprenticeship, Ross started his own company, Andrew Ross & Co., in the year 1830. Although his company produced a variety of optical instruments, it was especially renowned for its cutting-edge and high-quality microscopes.
Ross was responsible for several innovations in the microscopic field, the most notable of which was the achromatic objective, which he created in collaboration with the famed physician Joseph Jackson Lister.
During his lifetime, Ross was honored for his invention of the spherometer and the circular dividing engine, and was a founding member of the Microscopical Society of London. That society still exists today as the Royal Microscopical Society, making it the oldest organization of its kind worldwide.
After his death in 1859, Andrew Ross’ company was taken over by his son, Thomas Ross, before ultimately being absorbed by another company.
You can purchase the antique Andrew Ross binocular microscope for a special price of $6,500 from New York Microscope Company.