Microscope Cary (c.1825)

William Cary (1759 - 1825) was an English scientific instrument maker. He produced numerous scientific instruments, including mechanical calculators, measuring instruments, telescopes, microscopes, navigational and surveying equipment. His business was located at 182 Strand Street in London. His instruments were used all over the world, including Russia and India. He also made instruments for the English chemist William Hyde Wollaston. After his death in 1825, Charles Gould took over the company for a few years, which had been inherited by 2 of his nephews, keeping the original name as it was well known and prestigious. His microscopes gave rise to the Cary-Gould model which was very popular at the time..

This stylized microscope built by Cary during the first quarter of the 19th century in England, following the model of the popular model designed by himself, has a height of 34cm. It is the largest format (Third Size) mounted on the same box and with a ball joint at the base that allows it to be tilted. The set is very complete, including 4 lenses that can be used alone or combined to give different magnification possibilities, two lieberkuhn lenses, tweezers, live-box, magnifying glass and other accessories for specific observations, such as liquids or elements. volumetric that had to be observed on white or black bases, which made it a very versatile model for the time. The microscope can be used as a compound element or as a simple element, without coupling the main tube and the eyepiece. The optics are very well preserved and allow correct observations, among others, of the accompanying preparations. These are mounted on ivory or bone mounts. The focus system moves the observation deck vertically using a properly functioning rack and pinion mechanism. The microscope is housed in its own mahogany box, perfectly preserved and measuring 30x20x6 cm.