Microscope Museum

Collection of antique microscopes and other scientific instruments

 

    

This page allows the search of information by microscope type (instruments are simply grouped together by function and/or similarity). Please click on the images to access more information and images about each instrument.

 

Replicas of antique microscopes

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A Leeuwenhoek microscope (2021)

462 (replica of an Antonie van Leeuwenhoek microscope)

Robert Hooke’s compound microscope and oil lamp (2021)

 

 

 

 

Simple pocket microscopes or magnifying lenses

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119 (unassigned maker; pocket microscope; c. 1900)

142 (unassigned maker; pocket microscope; late 19th to early 20th centuries)

154 (unassigned maker; pocket microscope; c. 1900)

196 (unassigned maker; pocket microscope; late 19th to early 20th centuries)

480 (The Science Accessories Co; Midgard pocket microscope; c. 1920)

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189 (unassigned maker; pocket microscope; late 19th to early 20th centuries)

141 (unassigned maker; pocket microscope with wire stand and mirror; late 19th to early 20th centuries)

165 (unassigned maker; drum microscope; early 20th century)

483B (unknown maker; simple microscope; 19th century)

483A (unknown maker; simple microscope; 19th century)

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233 (unassigned maker; flower microscope; 19th century)

467 (unknown maker; flower microscope; 19th century)

472 (unassigned maker; flower microscope; 19th century)

256 (C. Baker; aplanatic or platyscopic dissecting lens; c. 1900)

309 (unknown maker; Stanhope magnifier; late 19th century to early 20th century)

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166 (unassigned French maker; microscope universel; c. 1900)

251 (unassigned maker; microscope universel; 1920s)

183 (Jones & Co.; Excelsior Microscope; early 20th century)

292 (R & J Beck; Luminex microscope; 1960s)

270 (Bausch and Lomb; Hastings measuring magnifier; 1990s)

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478 (Unassigned maker; seed or insect live-cage pocket microscope; c. 1900)

474 (Unassigned maker; seed or insect live-cage pocket microscope; second half of 19th century)

315 (unassigned maker; Coddington magnifier; late 19th century to early 20th century)

335 (Baird & Tatlock; scaleometer; 1950s)

336 (unassigned maker; portable microscope; 1960s)

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337 (PA Permuta Plastics Ltd; pocket folding microscope; 1950s)

144 (unassigned maker; short tripod microscope; c. 1900)

492 (unassigned maker; short tripod microscope; c. 1900)

493 (unassigned maker; short tripod microscope; c. 1900)

507 (unassigned maker; short tripod microscope; c. 1900)

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508 (unassigned maker; short tripod microscope; c. 1900)

500 (Unassigned maker; pocket microscope pen; mid-20th century)

 

 

 

 

 

Linen provers or thread counters

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239 (unassigned maker; pilar-type linen tester; late 19th century to the early 20th century)

242 (unassigned maker; pilar-type linen tester; late 19th century to the early 20th century)

287 (assigned to A Franks; pilar-type linen tester; late 19th century to the early 20th century)

236 (A Franks; folding linen tester; late 19th century to the early 20th century)

237 (unassigned maker; folding linen tester; late 19th century to the early 20th century)

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250 (Casartelli; folding linen tester; late 19th century to the early 20th century)

284 (G. Cartwright & Son; folding linen tester; late 19th to the early 20th century)

285 (EA White Ltd; folding linen tester; late 19th to the early 20th century)

490 (unassigned maker; folding linen tester; late 19th century to the early 20th century)

491 (unassigned maker; folding linen tester; late 19th century to the early 20th century)

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252 (A. Franks; folding linen tester; late 19th century to the early 20th century)

310A (unknown maker; unassigned maker; folding linen tester; mid to late 20th century)

310B (unknown maker; unassigned maker; folding linen tester; mid to late 20th century)

310C (unknown maker; unassigned maker; folding linen tester; mid to late 20th century)

311 (Gowllands; folding linen tester; mid-20th century)

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300 (J Casartelli & Son; cloth counting glass; early 20th century)

458 (J Casartelli & Son; cloth counting glass; early 20th century)

489 (Britex; Universal ACHRO prover x8; mid-20th century)

326 (unassigned maker; compound linen proving microscope; early 20th century)

488 (unassigned maker; linen proving microscope; late 19th century)

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473 (John Nesbitt; thread counter, early 20th century)

471 (Thomas Armstrong & Brother; thread counter, c. 1910)

302 (J Casartelli & Son; cloth counting glass; c. 1910)

262 (J. Casartelli & Son; cloth counting glass; c. 1910)

299 (Chronik Bros.; Triplex thread counting micrometer; 1910s)

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502 (Unassigned maker; slide head linen prover; mid-19th century)

510 (Unassigned maker; linen prover; mid-19th century)

 

 

 

 

 

Drum or Martin-type microscopes

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

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

160 (unassigned maker; drum microscope; mid 19th century)

199 (Moreau; drum microscope; mid-19th century)

214 (unassigned maker; drum microscope; late 19th to early 20th century)

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215 (E. Lennie; drum microscope; late 19th century)

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

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

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

481 (unassigned maker; drum microscope; c. 1870)

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

511 (Benn Franks Limited; early 20th century)

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

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

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

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

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

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

514 (unknown maker; drum-like microscope; mid-19th century)

190 (assigned to Buron; drum-like microscope No 4; mid-19th century)

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495 (unassigned maker; drum microscope; mid 19th century)

20I (unassigned maker; drum microscope; mid 19th century)

135 (JH Steward; drum microscope; c. 1860)

200 (unassigned maker; drum microscope; early 20th century)

329 (unassigned maker; drum microscope; mid 19th century)

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494 (unassigned maker; Large drum microscope; mid 19th century)

112 (unassigned maker; Large Improved Compound Microscope; mid 19th century)

20F (unassigned maker; Large Improved Compound Microscope; mid 19th century)

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

 

 

 

Simple compound microscopes

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2 (assigned to Edouard Lutz; Modéle des ecoles primaires; c. 1890)

3 (assigned to A Franks; student microscope; late 19th century)

91 (assigned to A Franks; student microscope; late 19th century)

4 (assigned to Deyrolle; modèle E; late 19th century to early 20th century)

25 (assigned to Deyrolle; modèle E; late 19th century to early 20th century)

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5 (assigned to Deyrolle; c. 1900)

19 (assigned to Deyrolle; c. 1900)

272 (assigned to Deyrolle; simple compound microscope; c. 1900)

323 (assigned to Deyrolle; simple compound microscope; c. 1900)

24A (assigned to Deyrolle; late 19th century to early 20th century)

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24B (assigned to Deyrolle; late 19th century to early 20th century)

325 (assigned to J Parkes & Son; child’s portable compound microscope; c. 1870)

21 (unassigned maker; improved household microscope; c. 1900)

191 (unassigned maker; improved household microscope; c. 1900)

32 (unassigned maker; household microscope; c. 1900)

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163 (unknown maker; double pillar French microscope; c. 1900)

301 (Unassigned maker; double pillar compound microscope; c. 1900)

312 (unknown maker; simple inclinable microscope; c. 1890)

331 (unknown maker; inclinable simple compound microscope; c.1890)

50 (assigned to Radiguet; late 19th century)

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

120 (unassigned maker; library microscope; c. 1890)

176 (unassigned maker; household-type microscope; c. 1900)

267 (unassigned maker; simple microscope; early 20th century)

240 (unassigned maker; simple student microscope; late 19th century to the early 20th century)

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280 (unassigned maker; simple microscope; late 19th to the early 20th century)

253 (unassigned maker; simple compound microscope; c. 1860)

294 (unassigned maker; single pillar compound microscope; mid-19th century)

479 (Unassigned maker; student microscope; c. 1860)

64 (unassigned maker; late 19th century)

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96 (Ernst Leitz; Stativ V model; 1891)

67 (assigned to J Parkes & Son; c. 1860)

100 (assigned to J Parkes & Son; c. 1860)

482 (JT Slug; student microscope; c. 1865)

255 (Parkes & Son; compound microscope; c. 1860)

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188 (Emil Bush; simple compound microscope; c. 1915)

193 (Carl Schütz & Co; student microscope; early 20th century)

238 (Elliot Brothers; student microscope; c. 1860)

182 (Dollond & Co.; student microscope; c. 1900)

156 (C Baker; improved nature microscope; second quarter of the 20th century)

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

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

347 (unknown maker; Octopus microscope; 1960s)*

349 (Lumex; toy microscope; 1960s)*

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

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348 (WRP; simple microscope; 1960s)*

317 (W. Watson & Sons; Wand’s microscope; c. 1932)

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

303 (unassigned maker; late 19th century to early 20th century)

208 (Hall Bros; student microscope; early 20th century)

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40 (C Reichert Wien; stand VII microscope; 1898)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Triangle foot type microscopes

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18 (R & J Beck; new star microscope; c. 1890)

36A (R & J Beck; star microscope; c. 1885)

36B (R & J Beck; star microscope; c. 1885)

114 (R & J Beck; new star microscope; c. 1900)

159 (R & J Beck; Popular microscope; 1867)

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271 (J Parkes & Son; Travelling microscope; c. 1880)

484 (J Parkes & Son; Travelling microscope; c. 1880)

 

 

 

 

 

Continental-type microscopes

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38A (R & J Beck; continental microscope; c. 1900)

38B (R & J Beck; continental microscope; c. 1900)

38C (R & J Beck; continental microscope; c. 1900)

265 (Bausch & Lomb; continental microscope BB; c. 1900)

222 (Carl Zeiss; microscope stand VI; 1910s)

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

269 (Ernst Leitz; microscope stand Ia; c. 1897)

152 (R & J Beck; pathological microscope; c. 1887)

224 (R & J Beck; pathological microscope; c. 1897)

195 (R&J Beck; Economic microscope; c. 1878)

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330 (R & J Beck; Economic microscope; c. 1878)

305 (Carl Reichert; c. 1905)

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

306 (W & H Seibert, student microscope, 1910s)

41 (Ernst Leitz, Wetzlar; stand III microscope; late 1910s)

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109 (W. Watson & Sons; c. 1910)

110 (Steindorff & Co; early 20th century)

153 (Ross; Improved No. 2 ‘Standard’ microscope; c. 1905)

324 (W. Watson & Son; Praxis microscope; c. 1916)

184 (Ernst Leitz; stand IIb microscope; c. 1896)

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92 (C Reichert, Wien; 1899)

65 (J Swift & Son; Army Bacteriological Microscope; c. 1900)

66 (J Swift & Son; Army Bacteriological Microscope; c. 1900)

130 (Ernst Leitz, Wetzlar; microscope stand IIb; c. 1907)

513 (Carl Zeiss; Stand IVa; c. 1905)

 

 

Other continental type microscopes

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115 (Carl Zeiss; microscope stand Va; 1886)

168 (Hartnack & Prazmowski; stand III-A microscope; c. 1880)

179 (Hartnack & Prazmowski; stand III-A microscope; c. 1880)

227 (Hartnack & Prazmowski; stand III-A microscope; c. 1880)

220 (unassigned maker; late 19th century)

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205 (Charles Baker; student microscope; c. 1880)

203 (Nachet; Petit Modèle microscope; c. 1862)

170 (Nachet; Petit Modèle microscope; c. 1850)

248 (Nachet; Microscope nouveau modéle inclinant; c. 1880)

219 (Carl Zeiss; microscope stand VII; c. 1900)

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167 (Hartnack & Prazmowski; stand III microscope; c. 1880)

314 (Hartnack & Prazmowski; microscope stand III; c. 1880)

275 (Carl Zeiss; microscope stand VIII; c. 1882)

197 (Ernst Leitz; microscope stand IV; c. 1913)

231 (Nachet; Microscope droit; 1880s)

 

 

 

318 (unassigned maker; simple inclinable compound microscope; late 19th century)

497 (Hartnack & Prazmowski; microscope stand III-A; c. 1875)

 

 

 

 

 

Handle type microscopes

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101 (Bausch and Lomb; jug handle microscope; 1907)

106 (Carl Zeiss; stand VB; 1920)

297 (Carl Zeiss; stand VB, non-inclinable microscope; c. 1910)

122 (Charles Baker; 1910s)

140 (Charles Baker; histological microscope; 1910s)

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87 (R & J Beck Ltd; ‘London’ handle model; c. 1913)

328 (R & J Beck; ‘London’ handle model; c. 1913)

273 (Carl Reichert; medium stand III microscope; c. 1907)

145 (Carl Zeiss; stand III B; c. 1915)

 

 

 

School of Arts-pattern microscopes

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29 (R Field & Son; student microscope; c. 1860)

89 (unassigned maker; mid 19th century)

124 (Negretti & Zambra; microscope No. 2B; c. 1870)

58 (unassigned maker; mid 19th century)

232 (W. Aronsberg; Society of Arts type microscope; c. 1880s)

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244 (unassigned maker; Society of Arts type microscope; c. 1880s)

281 (unassigned maker; Society of Arts type microscope; c. 1880s)

469 (Maw, Son & Thompson; School of Arts type microscope; c. 1880)

485 (R Field & Son; Society of Arts microscope; c. 1860)

 

 

 

Bar-limb type microscopes and similar

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26 (E. Wheeler; new educational microscope; c. 1870)

88 (C Collins; student microscope; c. 1865)

104 (F. Pastorelli & Co; c. 1870)

207 (unassigned maker; mid-19th century)

254 (C. Baker; educational microscope; c. 1860)

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241 (Charles Baker; student microscope; c. 1870)

229 (JH Steward; microscope stand No. 3; c. 1880)

51 (Negretti & Zambra; c. 1860)

186 (JH Steward; compound microscope stand No 1; c. 1880)

37 (unassigned maker; mid 19th century)

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171 (unassigned maker; Victorian-style microscope reproduction; second half of the 20th century)

17 (Pillischer; student microscope, c. 1860)

202 (Pillischer; International microscope, c. 1880)

470 (Pillischer; ‘The International’ microscope, c. 1877)

105 (C Baker; student microscope; c. 1860)

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228 (unassigned maker; second half of 19th century)

234 (assigned to Charles Collins; student five-guinea binocular microscope; c. 1870)

304 (R & J Beck; student’s microscope; c. 1873)

486 (Smith & Beck; Student’s microscope; c. 1857)

466 (unknown maker; mid-19th century)

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136 (A. Henderson; c. 1865)

468 (unknown maker; mid-19th century)

459 (W. Matthews; compound microscope; c. 1860)

496 (Charles Baker; compound microscope; c. 1860)

 

 

 

Bar-limb type microscopes with English foot or similar

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53 (FW Sturt; c. 1860)

57 (EG Wood; c. 1865)

86 (unknown maker; c. 1860)

138 (F Davidson & Co; microscope stand O 575; late 1910s)

157 (Benn Franks; late 19th century)

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266 (unassigned maker; compound microscope; late 19th century)

143 (Arnold & Sons; University microscope; c. 1880)

118 (F Davidson & Co; Davon micro-telescope; late 1910s)

39 (unassigned maker; mid 19th century)

339 (unknown maker; student microscope, second half 19th century)

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