A Large Transitional Microscope By Parkes, Birmingham. Circa 1850 For Sale
A Large Transitional Microscope By Parkes, Birmingham. Circa 1850
Description: Offered is a very large transitional type microscope by James Parkes & Son, Birmingham. Although the microscope is unsigned it comes with a 3 page instruction pamphlet which has the name;
James Parkes & Son
5 St Marys Row
Printed on the back page.
The microscope is very large standing at 18inches when assembled. The microscope stands on a large (6in diameter) circular base with 2 brass pillars supporting the main body of the instrument. At the base of the microscope is a large plano-concave mirror in a gimbal on a peg which can be positioned in various holed at the base of the microscope. The sub-stage consists of a plate with a thread in it that accepts a parabolic type condenser (possibly a later addition) and a plane condenser and wheel of stops. The stage is again quite large and based on a Bonnani type arrangement with a coiled steel spring below. At the front of the stage are two pegs into which can be fitted the stage forceps, side reflector and condenser.
The microscope can be set up as a compound microscope with the body tube or as a simple microscope with a collar and two simple lenses. The microscope comes with a good compliment of accessories which include;
A later achromatic 1/4in silver & brass objective.
An objective and leiberkuhn.
A simple objective marked 1/7.
A simple low power objective.
A low power eyepiece.
A high power eyepiece in case.
A condenser and wheel of stops.
A parabolic condenser.
Stage side reflector & condenser.
A large live box
A number of slides
An original instruction sheet.
James Parkes & Son
Clifton saya Parkes worked at 5 St Marys Row in Birmingham from 1845-1862. They are known to have sold microscopes.
Condition: Cosmetically the microscope is in good condition retaining much of the original lacquer. The live box window is cracked. Optically the microscope is good offering good clear images. Mechanically everything is good and tight with no noticeable wear, slack or damage. The lock is missing from the case. The simple objectives are loose in the mounting suggesting either they are not original or there is a collar missing.
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A Large Transitional Microscope By Parkes, Birmingham. Circa 1850: $630