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Vérick brass continental microscope – circa 1880

Constant Vérick apprenticed to Hartnack before going off on his own around 1877. The base of this meticulously constructed instrument is signed in elegant script, "C. Verick, élève special de E. Hartnack, rue de la Parcheminerie, 2, Paris". The early continental design shown here already demonstrates the use of the 160mm tube length, horseshoe base, and focusing mechanism that would predominate the continental stye into the 20th century. The overall height of the instrument is about 10 ½" when closed. Coarse focus is achieved with rack and pinion via a single knob on the side. Fine focus is accomplished with a micrometer knob on top of the limb. In addition, the main optical tube fits into a sleeve, and the eyepiece tube can also be adjusted with its own drawtube. The rackwork is in perfect working order. The stage is topped with black glass, which shows almost no wear, and is in excellent condition. A substage stop fits into a brass holder that slides into place via a dovetailed slot. The mirror is plano-concave and is in very good condition, noting some aging on the outer edges. The mirror pivots sideways and is turned by a small brass knob that is typical of the Hartnack designs. The same adjustment knob is found on the stage condenser lens. This lens slips into a dove-tailed joint just below the stage. The objective is marked with a number "6", and consists of three stackable elements that are made to be used separately or in tandem to yield four separate focal lengths. Two eyepieces, marked "1" and "3" complete the optical set. The instrument is finished in lacquered brass, which has full coverage, noting only some age spotting overall as evidenced in the photos. The original case, measuring 11" x 6" x 4 ¼", is polished mahogany with a darker wood square inlay around the keyhole. The case has a lock and key, and brass carry handle. Inside, the top is lined with a pullout green covered cushion. There are two storage areas with removable tops. The case is in excellent condition. This is an important and fine example of the early development of the Continental style microscope that became ubiquitous toward the end of the 19th century.

Item 1166

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