Signed Edmund Culpeper tripod compound microscope consigned to auction

Signed Edmund Culpeper tripod compound microscope consigned to auction

Signed Edmund Culpeper tripod compound microscope consigned to auction

With its sliding brass eyepiece shutter, gilt-tooled vellum draw-tube and brass and lignum collared green rayskin outer tube, this Edmund Culpeper compound microscope (Lot 7), consigned to October’s auction of Fine Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Instruments is indeed an instrument of scientific beauty.

Inline Image - A fine George II lacquered brass, shagreen, and lignum vitae Culpeper double-reflecting compound microscope, Edmund Culpeper, London, circa 1730 | Est. £7,000-10,000 (+fees)
A fine George II lacquered brass, shagreen, and lignum vitae Culpeper double-reflecting compound microscope, Edmund Culpeper, London, circa 1730 | Est. £7,000-10,000 (+fees)

The microscope, which dates back to the 1730s, has survived in fine, original and unrestored condition having been in the same family ownership for as long as anyone can remember. It also retains almost all of its accessories which include a glass fishplate scratch-engraved with Culpeper’s signature.

The marvellous aesthetic appeal of the microscope has earned it a pre-sale estimate of £7,000 - £10,000 from our experts.

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More about the maker - Edmund Culpeper

Born in Dorset, England, Edmund Culpeper began his career as an engraver before becoming an apprentice to London’s famous scientific instrument maker Walter Hayes. Working primarily between 1700 and 1737 honing his own remarkable skills in the construction of scientific instruments, Culpeper soon established his own fame in the optical and mathematical fields.

After making simple microscopes, Culpeper invented the Tripod compound microscope (sometime between 1725 and 1730 ) and made at least five major modifications in the years before his death.

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Fine Clocks, Barometers & Scientific Instruments Auction

This brilliant compound microscope, along with an impressive collection of over 200 clocks, barometers and scientific instruments will go under the hammer at Donnington Priory on 2 October 2019.

Click here to view all the lots consigned to this sale.

VIEWING:
Sunday 29 September: 10am-2pm
Monday 30 September: 9am-5.30pm
Tuesday 1 October: 9am-4.30pm
Day of sale: from 8.30am

AUCTION DATE & LOCATION:
Wednesday 2 October 2019 | 10.30am
Dreweatts, Donnington Priory, Newbury, Berkshire RG14 2JE

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Email: clocks@dreweatts.com

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