Pre-Owned Products of the Month: Antique Microscopes

This month, we’re taking a closer look at some of the beautiful antique microscopes and microscope oil lamps available from New York Microscope.

We recently obtained this stunning collection from a distinguished politician who served under the Reagan administration.

Spanning a variety of brands from Baush & Lomb microscopes to Ross Zentmayer to J.B. Dancer, each of these English, German and American-made microscopes is a functional work of art in its own right.

Let’s learn more about these antique microscopes and why they’re our products of the month.

Why We Love Antique Microscopes

Crafted from gleaming brass and meticulously handcrafted, antique microscopes are truly a sight to behold.

Frequently sought after by collectors and hobbyists alike, these types of microscopes have an artistic quality that can no longer be found in modern microscopes.

Additionally, thanks to their stunning appearance, antique microscopes make for a perfect gift for medical professionals, educators, inspectors and researchers. 

And, since these antique microscopes are a unique example of 19th century style, they’re also ideal for interior design and decorating.

Ross Zentmayer English Brass Binocular Microscope

Crafted from solid brass, this Ross Zentmayer binocular microscope was made in England in the 1880s.

It measures 8 inches x 8.5 inches x 21.5 inches, and features a substaged mirror with a diameter of 3.25 inches. It’s engraved on the base.

In true 19th century style, its binocular viewing system is comprised of two large trunions.

The Ross Zentmayer English Brass Binocular Microscope is available for $6,800.Ross Zentmayer English Brass Binocular Microscope

W.F. Durroch English Brass Binocular Microscope

This solid brass W.F. Durroch microscope was handcrafted in England in the 19th century at 3 St. Thomas Street in London, right next to the iconic London Bridge.

It measures 8.5 inches x 7 inches x 21.5 inches, with a substaged mirror that’s 3.25 inches in diameter.

With engraving on the base, a two-trunion viewing system and a sturdy tripod base, this binocular microscope is an ideal piece for collectors and microscope enthusiasts.

The W.F. Durroch English Brass Binocular Microscope is available for $3,899.

W.F. Durroch English Brass Binocular Microscope

Ross Zentmayer English Brass Binocular Microscope from Wenham’s London

Handcrafted from solid brass, this Ross Zentmayer microscope includes the binocular body tube, limb, pillar, substaged mirror and tripod base. It was made in England in the 19th century, and measures 19 inches in height.

The Ross Zentmayer English Brass Binocular Microscope from Wenham’s London is available for $3,299.

Ross Zentmayer English Brass Binocular Microscope From Wenham’s London

J.B. Dancer English Brass Binocular Microscope

This solid brass microscope was crafted by J.B. Dancer in England in the 1870s.

J.B. Dancer was a prominent optician and instrument maker, who is perhaps best remembered for inventing the microphotograph in 1839.

It’s labeled on the base, and features a uniquely mounted substaged mirror. It measures 7 inches x 8.5 inches x 21.5 inches, while the mirror is 3.25 inches in diameter.

The J.B. Dancer English Brass Binocular Microscope is available for $3,299.

J.B. Dancer English Brass Binocular Microscope

E. Leitz Wetzlar German Antique Microscope

This brass, glass and patinated bronze microscope was manufactured by E. Leitz Wetzlar in Germany in the 20th century.

Ernst Leitz, a renowned mechanic and instrument maker, sold hundreds of thousands of microscopes in the 18th and 19th centuries.

His company would later transform into Leica Microsystems, the top-tier microscope manufacturer that still thrives today.

This microscope measures 4 inches x 12.5 inches x 5.5 inches, and is a prime example of precision German engineering.

The E. Leitz Wetzlar German Microscope is available for $1,299.

E. Leitz Wetzlar German Microscope

Bausch and Lomb Cased Brass Microscope with Triple Lenses

This brass and bronze microscope was manufactured by Bausch and Lomb Optical Company in Rochester, NY.

It’s mounted on a black base and features three separate lenses. It comes with a mahogany case complete with a lock (no key included), as well as a carrying case with a handle.

The microscope measures 4.5 inches x 6 inches x 13 inches, while the carrying case measures 6.75 inches x 8 inches x 14.5 inches.

This Bausch and Lomb Cased Brass Microscope with Triple Lenses is available for $1,299.

Bausch and Lomb Cased Brass Microscope with Triple Lenses

Another Bausch & Lomb Optical Company antique made from brass, stainless steel and bronze, this American-made microscope will make for a fine addition to any collection.

It features a substaged mirror and three lenses, and comes complete with a mahogany carrying case with a lock, key and handle.

This microscope measures 6 inches x 4.5 inches x 15.5 inches, while the case measures 8 inches x 9.25 inches x 16 inches.

This Bausch and Lomb Cased Brass Antique Microscope with Triple Lenses is available for $1,299.

Bausch and Lomb Cased Antique Brass Microscope with Triple Lenses

This beautiful handcrafted antique brass microscope made in Rochester, NY in the 19oos is comprised of stainless steel and brass.

Included is a beautiful wooden case complete with a lock, carrying handle and Magnification Table for Objectives and Eyepieces.

The microscope measures 4.25 inches x 6 inches x 12 inches, and the case measures 4.625 inches x 8.5 inches x 14.75 inches.

This Bausch and Lomb American Cased Brass Microscope with Triple Lenses is available for $1,299.

Bausch and Lomb American Cased Brass Microscope with Triple Lenses

Watson and Sons English Oil Lamp for Microscope Illumination

Crafted from brass, bronze and glass, this oil lamp is specifically designed to illuminate samples in a 19th century microscope.

This oil lamp was made by Watson and Sons, a well-known manufacturer of optical instruments that was established in 1837. This lamp comes complete with a wooden case with a latch and handle, and is equipped with a mount for a blue glass slide.

This Watson and Sons English Oil Lamp for Microscope Illumination is available for $575.

Watson and Sons English Oil Lamp Cased for Microscope Illumination

Our second oil lamp from Watson and Sons is another fine example of 19th century microscope oil lamps.

Made from brass, bronze, glass and patinated metal, this lamp includes a mount for the blue glass slide. The engraving on the circular base includes the original London address of Watson and Sons.

This Watson and Sons English Oil Lamp for Microscope Illumination is available for $675.

Watson and Sons English Oil Lamp for Microscope Illumination

English Oil Lamp with Platform for Microscope Illumination

Although the maker of this oil lamp is unknown, its unique design makes it an ideal collector’s piece nonetheless. Made in the 19th or 20th century, this oil lamp is crafted from brass, glass and black metal, and features a platform, blue glass slide mount and black painted shade. It’s 13.25 inches tall, with a base diameter of 5.25 inches.

This English Oil Lamp With Platform for Microscope Illumination is available for $599.

English Oil Lamp With Platform for Microscope Illumination

English Oil Lamp for Microscope Illumination

Made in either the 19th or 20th century, this English oil lamp is a truly beautiful piece. It’s made out of brass, glass and painted iron, while its shade is crafted from white porcelain. It’s 12 inches high, with a base diameter of 5.125 inches.

The English Oil Lamp for Microscope Illumination is available for $498.

English Oil Lamp for Microscope Illumination

New York Microscope Company is proud to offer a comprehensive collection of rare antique and vintage microscopes, and we’re excited to showcase this new collection to our customers.

We strive to describe each microscope as accurately as possible, and determine the authenticity of our antiques to the best of our knowledge. Because of their historical significance, classic design, high-quality materials and stunning appearance, we think that all of these antique microscopes are more than worthy of being recognized as our pre-owned products of the month.