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Delightful Antique Victorian Lacquered Brass Drum Microscope with Box

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This small, antique microscope was intended for travel and was typically used by students.

It is often referred to as a drum or Martyn type microscope, after its inventor: Benjamin Martin. It consists of a simple cylinder which accommodates a tube and a small, round platform. Slides are first placed onto the platform. A rotating mirror, below, is then angled to throw light onto the slide. The tube, which contains an eye and objective lens is then focused by moving the tube up and down within the cylinder.

It dates from around the late 1800s and is made of brass with a lacquered finish.

It stands approx 15cm tall and is in excellent order with no dents or dings. The lens tube is gripped firmly by the surrounding cylinder. Both the lenses are in good condition with no cracks or chips. The mirror has some surface markings towards the bottom but is clean and clear.

It comes complete with its original, walnut box. The box is nicely made with tongue and groove joints and brass butt hinges. Both its front hooks are present and both hinges are in excellent order. The wood has been wax polished and has an excellent finish.

This is a good item, looking for a good home.

Delightful Antique Victorian Lacquered Brass Drum Microscope with Box


  • Vintage item from the 1800s
  • Materials: Brass, Walnut
  • Ships worldwide from United Kingdom
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