Jug Handle Continental style microscope – circa 1908
instrument is signed on the base, “C. Reichert, Wein, No.36438”, the
serial number dating it to circa 1908.
It is also signed, “C. Reichert, Wein”, in block letters on
the optical tube. The
instrument is typical Continental style with an added “jug-handle”
affixed to the rear of the stage. Coarse
focus is rack and pinion, fine focus micrometer knob.
The substage Abbe condenser has a variable iris diaphragm and
swing out filter holder. The
mirror is plano-concave with some light age clouding on both sides.
The microscope is equipped with a rare original signed Reichert
mechanical slide stage. Three
original objectives include a No.3, No. 8a, and an 18a (1/12”) oil
immersion. All have
original signed brass canisters. The
two eyepieces are numbered as 4, and 7.
The finish is lacquered brass with a painted black base.
The lacquer coverage is complete with minimal spotting.
The black coverage is complete, noting two expertly repaired
spots on the base. The
original mahogany case has a brass carry handle, interior accessory box,
lock but no key. It is in
fine, usable condition. While
its handle design is something of an addendum, the overall appearance of
the instrument is impressive in a “no nonsense," authoritarian
fashion resulting in a dominant display.