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MAKER: Constant Verick

MODEL: 'Mòdele No. 7'

c. 1880

SIGNED:'C. Verick, élève special, de E. Hartnack, rue de la Parcheminerie 2, Paris'



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verick signature Verick microscopes fine focus detailThis microscope is signed in script on the back of the foot as noted above. It arises on a single rectangular pillar bolted on to a horseshoe foot. Coarse focus is by simply sliding the tube in the sleeve. Fine focus is a continental fine threaded screw acting on the arm via the tightly sprung triangular bar inside the pillar. An uncommon feature is a small square-sectioned bar arising from the bottom of the focusing support, which rises all the way up to register the numbers on the fine focus disk. The gimballed mirror attaches to a single swinging tailpiece under the stage. One ocular and one divided objective are with the microscope. It is entirely lacquered brass except for the blackened glass-covered stage, and the black tailpiece and mirror gimbal. There are two stage clips made of light-color metal, perhaps of German silver. There is a single drawtube, which has a milled-head screw to secure its position. There is another milled head screwe to similarly secure the tube for coarse focusing. There is a lacquered brass swing-out arm under the stage which would carry aperture stops or other accesories. There is a small fitting on the bottom of the front left side of the stage. This was likely designed to accept a stage condenser. The mirror is flat on one side, concave on the other. There is no longer any case nor additional accessories with the microscope. The scope measures about 10 1/2 inches minimum with the drawtube fully down, uninclined, and the objective nearly touching the stage. With the drawtube maximally extended, and with the objective an appropriate distance from the stage, appropriately inclined, it measures about 14 inches.


Constant Verick operated a microscope firm between about 1870 and 1882-5. His firm was previously that of Hartnack, who at that time moved back to Potsdam. He had worked for Hartnack and he described himself as a 'special pupil of Hartnack'. About 1882 Verick's business was taken over by Maurice Stiassnie (Verick's son-in-law); from about 1882 to about 1885 there was apparently no name change, so although Stiassnie may have been running the business, it was still 'C. Verick', as illustrated by the Verick catalog dated 1885. Stiassnie's business flourished for a much longer time than Verick, ending sometime between 1920 and 1925. There is another smaller Verick stand in this collection, and there has been a third in the past. Because Verick operated for such a short time, his instruments are a bit uncommon, and therefore more collectible than some others. So far, I have been unable to find this stand illustrated in any publication of the time. Any other illustrations of Verick stands would be of great interest so please contact me at: if you have any further information to share.