type microscope by Cutts – circa 1830’s
fine Cary-type microscope signed on the side, “I. P. Cutts” , and
dating to circa 1830’s. The
microscope mounts on top of the case and stands 9” tall.
Focus is controlled by rack and pinion movement of the stage.
Two lenses accompany the set.
They may be stacked for a total of three focal lengths.
The slide stage is removable for storage.
The mirror is concave with age veining.
A stage forceps completes the set.
The microscope is finished in lacquered brass, and retains most
of its original varnish, showing wear appropriate to age.
The microscope is housed in its own plush lined mahogany case
with pull out accessory tray. The
case in fine condition, noting some age warping to the lid.
It measures 5" x 5 1/2"
x 1 1/2", and retains most of an original leather covering
on its bottom. This
microscope is typical of the Cary-Gould type field instruments popular
in the first third of the 19th century.
They are highly sought after today,
the perfect accompaniments to any early instrument collection.