English Drum Microscope with Rack and Pinion Focusing – Antique


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This is a nineteenth century full sized solid lacquered brass drum microscope with burled mahogany wooden carry case. Inside padded with valor in excellent condition. The microscope is unsigned, as most were. This microscope focuses by rack and pinion, although a few teeth of the rack are slightly damaged. Brass mirror at base. All 100% original parts and accessories.

Inside are an assortment of objectives, hand made ivory slides of a variety of insects and specimens along with four glass viewing attachments, not sure what they are?…two attachable pieces that insert on the stage, one is a magnifier and the other appears to be sharp arrow like, perhaps to hold a bug or insect…. There is a hidden storage compartment with chain pulley. Self locking by pushing down and cut out for what appears to for a key.

The case measures approx. 11" x 4" x 5 3/4" W
The microscope measures approx.10" H x 2 1/2 " W (3" with attachments)

This English Drum Microscope is a perfect addition to the antique collector, gift, or to proudly display in a fine home.

Disclaimer: The microscopes in this section are described as accurate as possible. Some references have been made from the "Billings Microscope Collection", Second Edition. Most of the microscopes listed have original parts and are in working condition. No warranty is expressed or implied. The authenticity of the antique is to the best of our knowledge.

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  • Weight: 10 lbs
  • Dimensions: 16 × 14 × 10 in


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