Microscopes as works of art as well as science
Antique microscopes are amazing scientific instruments, from times
when craftsmanship was as important as functionality and performance. The
beauty of these instruments is manifested in countless ways, including the
history of their makers and their technological developments, and their
contribution to the development of microbiology and other fields of
science, and all combine to inspire a feeling of admiration that a
microscope can be so beautiful, elegant, and functional after so many
years. An antique microscope is a work of art as well as science.
page describes a collection of microscopes, which started as a hobby some
years ago, and is always being updated with interesting new instruments.
Microscopes are tentatively organised by period (early to third quarter of
1800s, late 1800s to early 1900s, and 1920s to 1980s), by type, by maker or
retailer, and by catalogue number in the collection (you can navigate
through the instruments in this collection by clicking on ‘Microscopes’
on the lateral menu). Also included are a few replicas of antique
microscopes made by me. Other items related with microscopy, such as lamps,
microtomes and ringing tables, telescopes, scales, and other scientific
instruments are available in this collection (to navigate these items,
please click on ‘Other instruments’ on the lateral menu).
main objective for showing these instruments here is to share information
and promote the interest of other people for the history of microscopy and
microbiology, particularly youngsters. Also, I would be glad to know more
about these scientific instruments, including if some of the information on
this page is eventually inaccurate or incomplete (please do get in touch if
this is the case). Sometime in the future, I aim to make all this
collection available in some space where it can be visited by everyone who
likes microscopes and science. I also organise outreach events, including
seminars and small exhibitions about the history of microscopy where some
of these instruments are displayed.
Please also contact me if you have any antique microscopes for
selling or donating (and, eventually, other interesting scientific
instruments related with optics). I am always looking for new acquisitions
of interesting instruments. And of course, any instruments kindly donated
to this collection will be properly credited in any exhibitions or other
events organised in the future (see also the Donated instruments link). Recently,
I also started an online discussion
forum, where anyone interested in antique microscopes can share
information and discuss any topics related with these amazing instruments.