ANTIQUE MICROSCOPES AND OTHER ANTIQUE SCIENTIFIC INSTRUMENTS
ACKNOWLEDGMENT-DR BRIAN BRACEGIRDLE:
I would like to acknowledge for myself and countless others, the help
of the late Dr Brian Bracegirdle who, along with a few close friends,
inspired me both directly and indirectly in my quest for knowledge of
the history of the microscope. I first used one of his books, an Atlas
of Histology, when I was a medical student in the 1970's. Many years
later, when I became interested in the history of the microscope, Dr
Bracegirdle's generosity with his time and his unique publications,
assisted and inspired me as I strove to collect historical microscopes
and slides. If it were not for him, I would never have been able to
identify Dr Hodgkin as the original owner of James Smith's Microscope numbered 22.
The thing that most stood out about him was his willingness to share
all his extensive knowledge of this field, without the least
hesitation. I hope I can live up to his legacy by publishing on this
website as much information as feasible about the topics discussed,
without holding back any relevant information that might prove useful
to the users. Dr Bracegirdle passed away on December 16, 2015, aged 82,
and will be missed by everyone acquainted with him.
This site, started in mid-2012, and first placed on the Internet in
February of 2013, includes both original
articles as well as pages on individual antiques associated
with the history of science, and microscopy in particular. It is
intended as a reference, and a resource, to those interested in
historical science artifacts. It contains, for the most part,
instruments still in the collection, or in some cases, formerly in the
collection, especially if rare, unique or of special interest. Not only
are very old antiques included, but some more recent instruments if
pertinent, unusually well made, or of interest for another reason. In
some instances where an instrument not in the collection adds
information, it is also included on this site, with images used by
permission. Since I use a microscope in my profession almost every day,
this site reflects my varying interests. Please
note this is a work-in-progress so certain parts of the site are not
yet completed and will be upgraded as time permits.
Because each piece is thoroughly researched, I anticipate it will take
years to complete the site. As of September, 2015, only about 1/3 of
the microscopes are on the site, and even a smaller fraction of other
instruments. I am trying to list the most interesting and important
pieces as well as those not well-documented elsewhere first; please be
patient as the site grows.
There are many original
articles on this site, with information often not found
elsewhere, please consult them.
APPRAISALS & RELATED INFORMATION: If you have an instrument you have a question about, or a
microscope you would like to sell or trade, please contact me. I am
always willing to answer a question related to any light microscope of
any age or type, to the best of my abilities. Please be aware that my knowledge and references for microscopes which date to after about 1935 or so is limited, and I may not be able to help with those.
Please note that I may be
interested in buying instruments so if you have one to sell please
contact me at
email@example.com. I will give
you my honest opinion and, if I am interested in buying it, I will
offer you a price I consider to be fair and reasonable at the time. If
I do make you an offer, you are free to accept, decline, or counter my
offer. Even if you are not interested in selling, I still welcome any
reasonable inquiry, which I will respond to without charge, but please
do not ask me to assess a large number of instruments, unless they are
unusual, rare or you would like a paid professional appraisal. I would
also be grateful for any additional information or illustrations you
would be willing to share that might enhance the value of these pages.
Please note that, being quite busy, I may not respond right away, so
please be patient and I will get back to you.
Please be aware this is not a commercial site and the
instruments pictured are generally not for sale, although some may have been sold in the past and are still listed on this site for their reference value. On rare occasions I may put an instrument up for sale, but not on this site. When I do
sell, it is usually on Fleaglass.com or sometimes Ebay, though Ebay has become very expensive for sellers of late.
Note: I have a special interest in BULLOCH and WATSON
Microscopes and may be interested in purchasing
some examples regardless of condition, for a price commensurate with the value and condition. If you have a Bulloch microscope with a serial
number and it is not listed in my Bulloch Serial Number Table,
even if you are not interested in selling it, please be kind enough to
send me any images of it you might have and its number so I can improve
my documentation of this maker's work. I will credit you or keep you
anonymous as you may wish.
Please note that this site includes many 'articles'
which are original and not found elsewhere. Please note these, like the
rest of the site are copyrighted, and may be freely used or linked but
not reproduced without my permission.