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MAKER: Constant Verick

MODEL: 'Mòdele No. 7'

c. 1880




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verick signature small Verick microscopes substageThe microscope is signed in block letters on the arm: 'C. VERICK, PARIS.' It arises on a single 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. The gimballed mirror attaches to a doubly articulating tailpiece under the stage. One Ocular and one divided objective are with the microscope. It is entirely lacquered brass except for the dark-green-painted foot and the black stage and mirror supports. There is a single drawtube. There is a blackened wheel of apertures under the stage. 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 and the objective nearly touching the stage. With the drawtube maximally extended, and with the objective an appropriate distance from the stage, it measures about 13.5 inches.


1885 Catalog entry for Verick No 7 MicroscopeConstant 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 entry dated to 1885 on the left. Stiassnie's business flourished for a much longer time than Verick, ending sometime between 1920 and 1925. There is another 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. I have not been able to find many microscope illustrations for Verick stands, except for that of the 1885 catalog, which was actually the end of Verick's direct management of the company. Any other illustrations of Verick stands would be of great interest so please contact me at: if you have any further information to share.