|Brass Continental microscope by Schrauer –
A stylish continental design brass
microscope by Leopold Schrauer. The
instrument stands 11 7/8” high in closed position.
It has the typical Continental style rack and pinion coarse focus
and micrometer knob fine focus. The
twin nosepiece has two interior thread lenses, unsigned, but typical of
the Nachet lenses that Schrauer used on his microscopes.
A wheel of stops is built into the stage.
The mirror is in excellent condition, concave on one side, with a
black field disc on the other. The
mirror can rotate above the stage to provide illumination for opaque
subjects. The base is
signed in a fine, delicate script, “ L. Schrauer, Maker, New York”.
The microscope is finished in lacquered brass. Coverage is nearly complete with wear to the base and
spotting overall. The
microscope does not have a case. The
unique base of this microscope sets it apart from the typical
Continental design. The
horseshoe base is wider and more substantial and supports a cylindrical
pillar. Its profile tapers
in towards the top, yielding a delicate profile that belies its weight.
The microscope can easily be tilted to a complete horizontal
without tipping. The heavy base may be Schrauer’s response to the initial
criticism of the weak base support of the early Continentals.
While this instrument is solidly anchored, it nonetheless
presents a very delicate and elegant profile, enhanced by the way the
limb fits into the pillar and softened by the sculptural treatment of
many of the hard edges.