Microscope Museum

Collection of antique microscopes and other scientific instruments

 

    

   

The instruments below were kindly donated by Dave Levell, from Pembrokeshire (Wales), in May 2023. This group of instruments comprises 116 microscopes, including an amazing collection of stereoscopic binocular microscopes, and a few other items, mostly dated from the early 1900s to the 1970s (microscopes are numbered from 340 to 456). Please click on the images to access more photos and a brief description about each instrument and their makers.

Toy and simple compound microscopes

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340 (unassigned maker; drum microscope; late 19th - early 20th century)

342 (unassigned maker; drum microscope; late 19th - early 20th century)

341 (unassigned maker; simple compound microscope; late 19th - early 20th century)

347 (unknown maker; Octopus microscope; 1960s)

349 (Lumex; toy microscope; 1960s)

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343 ((assigned to Charles Baker; improved nature microscope; second quarter of the 20th century)

348 (WRP; simple microscope; 1960s)

346 (Britex; Minor microscope; mid-20th century)

345 (C & D; The Field microscope; 1950s)

344 (Carton Optical Co; toy stereo microscope; 1970s – 1980s)

 

Compound monocular and binocular microscopes

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430 (Fuess; metallurgical microscope; c. 1930)

421 (W. Watson & Sons; Praxis microscope; 1914)

423 (R. Winkel; continental type microscope; 1917)

428 (Prior; compound microscope; 1939)

352 (W Watson & Sons; KIMA microscope; c. 1932)

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383 (W Watson & Sons; Service microscope; c. 1934)

413 (Spencer; microscope Nº. 44; c. 1919)

384 (W Watson & Sons; Service microscope; c. 1947)

353 (unassigned maker; microscope model XSC-04; 1960s)

411 (J Swift; polarising microscope, model P; 1950s)

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436 (W. Watson & Sons; Service microscope; 1960)

440 (Prior; compound microscope; 1970s)

399 (R & J Beck; microscope model 47L; 1950s – 1960s)

361 (Nikon; microscope series S; 1970s)

362 (Nikon; microscope model L-Ke; 1970s)

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398 (Wild Heerbrugg; microscope M20; 1960s)

410 (R & J Beck; Laboratory metallurgical microscope London model, No. 3228; 1950s)

392 (Vickers; Patholette microscope; 1960s)

444 (C. Baker; Patholette research microscope; 1960s)

445 (C. Baker; inverted Patholette microscope; 1960s)

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429 (Charles Baker; Biolux II electric microscope; 1950s)

447 (R & J Beck; Diamax microscope; 1960s)

 

 

 

 

Stereoscopic binocular microscopes

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400 (Ernst Leitz; stereo binocular microscope; 1930s)

412 (Carl Zeiss and J Swift; Zeiss’s Greenough microscope on a Swift’s foot; mid-1930s)

414 (Carl Zeiss; Greenough binocular microscope stand XA; c. 1930)

427 (W. Watson & Sons; Greenough’s binocular microscope, pattern 2; c. 1935)

437 (Spencer; convertible binocular microscope No. 58; 1920s)

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453 (Bausch & Lomb; stereoscopic microscope with drum nosepiece; c. 1927)

375 (Bausch & Lomb; Stereoscopic Greenough microscope; 1930s)

409 (R & J Beck; Stereoscopic microscope Binomax; 1930s)

373 (R & J Beck; Stereoscopic microscope Binomax; 1930s)

441 (R & J Beck; Greenough’s binocular microscope; 1950s)

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374 (R & J Beck; Stereoscopic microscope Greenough; 1940s – 1960s)

393 (Charles Baker; metallurgical microscope; 1950s)

354 (W. Watson & Sons; low-power binocular dissecting microscope; c. 1932)

368 (W Watson & Sons; low-power stereo dissecting microscope; c. 1937)

422 (Carl Zeiss; binocular stand magnifier XII F; c. 1940)

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376 (Prior; Stereoscopic microscope; 1950s)

379 (Prior; Stereoscopic microscope; 1950s)

442 (Prior; stereoscopic microscope; 1950s)

420 (E. Leitz; stereo microscope; c. 1960)

405 (Prior; Stereoscopic microscope; 1950s)

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406 (R & J Beck; Binomax; 1930s)

407 (Charles Baker; Sterimag stereoscopic microscope; early 1960s)

408 (Ernst Leitz; stereoscopic binocular microscope; late 1930s)

446 (Carl Zeiss; binocular stand XB; c. 1912)

397 (Vision Engineering Ltd; 4/200 stereo microscope; 1960s)

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377 (American Optical; stereoscopic shop microscope; c. 1948)

425 (unassigned maker; stereoscopic microscope; mid-20th century)

378 (Spencer; stereoscopic microscope; c. 1920)

387 (Prior; Stereoscopic microscope; 1940s)

415 (Prior; Stereoscopic microscope; 1940s)

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389 (Charles Perry; Stereoscopic microscope, model Classic Nº. 2; 1920s)

426 (Carl Zeiss; Greenough’s binocular microscope, stand Xa; c. 1900)

438 (Carl Zeiss; Greenough’s binocular microscope, stand X; late 1930s)

451 (R & J Beck; stereoscopic microscope; 1960s)

455 (Bausch & Lomb; stereoscopic microscope, model BKT; 1943)

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355 (Carl Reichert; stereoscopic microscope MAK; 1950s)

367 (CTS; stereo microscope; 1960s)

370 (Charles Perry; stereo microscope, model Prefect; 1960s)

371 (KOMZ; stereo microscope; 1980s)

372 (Carl Zeiss; stereo microscope SM XX; 1970s)

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386 (Prior; Stereoscopic microscope, model S.B.F.; 1950s)

388 (Charles Perry; Stereoscopic microscope; 1960s)

394 (Meopta; stereoscopic microscope; early 1950s)

401 (Ernst Leitz; stereoscopic binocular microscope; c. 1960)

417 (Leitz; stereoscopic binocular microscope Greenough; c. 1935)

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419 (Nachet; stereo microscope; 1940s)

435 (American Optical; stereoscopic microscope series 25; 1960s)

439 (R & J Beck; Greenough’s binocular microscope; 1950s)

443 (R & J Beck; stereoscopic microscope Greenough; 1960s)

448 (Ernst Leitz; stereoscopic binocular microscope; c. 1958)

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450 (W. Watson & Sons; Greenough stereoscopic microscope; 1966)

418 (Vickers Instruments; Steros II microscope; c. 1966)

424 (Olympus; stereoscopic microscope, model VA-II; c. 1970)

433 (W. Watson & Sons; stereoscopic microscope on the “Nine Fifty” stand; mid-20th century)

456 (R & J Beck; stereoscopic microscope Greenough; 1960s)

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402 (Charles Baker; stereo microscope; 1930s – 1940s)

431 (Charles Baker; Greenough binocular microscope; c. 1940)

434 (W. Watson & Sons; Greenhough stereoscopic microscope; 1959)

449 (W. Watson & Sons; Greenough binocular dissecting microscope; 1947)

452 (Charles Perry; stereoscopic microscope; 1940s)

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390 (Charles Baker; Greenough binocular microscope; 1950s)

391 (Watson Barnet; stereoscopic microscope; c. 1959)

395 (R & J Beck; stereo microscope; 1940s)

416 (Charles Perry; stereo microscope, model Prefect; 1960s)

396 (Bausch & Lomb; stereo microscope, model SSM15; 1960s)

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403 (Watson Barnet; binocular dissecting microscope; c. 1966)

404 (Carl Zeiss; stereo microscope Technival; c. 1977)

369 (Bausch & Lomb; StereoZoom 4 microscope; 1960s)

360 (Phillip Harris; small stereoscopic microscope; 1990s)

356 (UKO B & L; handheld stereoscopic microscope; mid-20th century)

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385 (Negretti & Zambra; binocroscope; early 20th century)

380 (Negretti & Zambra; binocroscope; early 20th century)

363 (R & J Beck; Binomax binocular head; 1930s)

364 (Theodore Hamblin; stereo binocular head; mid-20th century)

365 (CTS; stereo binocular head; mid-20th century)

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351 (Ernst Leitz; stereo binocular head; 1940s - 1950s)

381 (Ernst Leitz; stereo binocular head; mid-20th century)

359 (Kyowa; Stereo body head, model SDZ; 1970s - 1980s)

357 (Meiji Labax Co. Ltd.; stereo head EMT series; 1990s)

358 (American Optical; Stereo Star Zoom head; 1960s – 1980s)

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366 (unknown maker; stereo binocular head; 1960s – 1980s)

 

 

 

 

 

Other dissecting microscopes

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382 (assigned to Robert Field; Teasdale's Field Naturalist's Microscope; c. 1880)

432 (unassigned maker; dissecting microscope; mid-20th century)

454 (assigned to Prior; simple dissecting microscope; 1960s)

 

 

 

 

Other instruments

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350 (Charles Baker; hardness tester microscope; mid-20th century)

(95) Power source supply by Nikon

(96) Nicholas illuminator by Bausch & Lomb

(97) Microscope electrical illuminator by Vickers

(98) Microscope electrical illuminator by Baker (1950s)

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(99) Micrometre eyepiece by Graticule Ltd (1970s – 1980s)

(94) Mechanical stage by W Watson & Sons

(100) Mechanical stage by Prior Ltd (1930s)

(101) Mechanical stage by Prior Ltd (1970s)

(102) Micrometer glass slide for microscope calibration by W Watson & Sons