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MODEL: 'LIBRARY MICROSCOPE'

MAKER: BAUSCH & LOMB OPTICAL CO.

SIGNED: 'McALLISTER, NEW YORK'

c. 1890

SERIAL NUMBER: none

DESCRIPTION HISTORY

Library Microscope

DESCRIPTION:

American and from about 1890, signed 'McAllister, New York' on the circular lacquered brass stage but clearly a Bausch & Lomb 'Library Microscope' and made from about 1886-96. It is constructed of painted cast iron, lacquered brass, and nickel plate finishes, the latter to the drawtube. It features rack and pinion coarse focus but no fine focus. It has a swinging tailpiece with plano mirror which is gimballed but cannot slide up and down the tailpiece. Although it has the same foot and general form of the 'Model' Microscope, it is smaller.



HISTORY OF THE B & L LIBRARY MICROSCOPE


engraving of Library microscope This is the B & L 'Library' microscope, a microscope of solid and basic construction. This microscope was retailed by McAllister in New York, likely between 1886 and 1896. The earlier version of the Library model advertised in the 1879 price list had a rectangular hard rubber stage instead of the round lacquered brass stage seen here. This microscope is quite uncommon. It was also retailed in this form by Queen and possibly other retailers as well.