Antique Microscopes

Antique Microscope Sales At Flints Auctions

Microscopes form part of our Scientific Instrument department which holds two fine sales per year, with one in the spring and another in the late autumn. These sales are very well publicised with adverts in all the main trade publications. The catalogues are full colour and sent to collectors, institutes and museums across the world.

Matt Nunn heads the Scientific instrument department and has a long history of being involved within this field. As a professional photographer he has an exceptionally high standard of presentation which he carries into his cataloguing, along with well-researched descriptions. The catalogues produced by Flints are valuable reference works used and trusted by leading collectors and institutes around the world.

Flints scientific instrument department achieved a world record price for a antique microscope by an English maker when they sold an Adams ‘Variable’ Microscope for £105800.00 (inc premium) in April 2018. This microscope was featured on the front page of the antiques trade gazette and as a news article on their website. The article can be read here.

If you have something you wish to sell or for a free valuation please contact:

Matt Nunn

Specialist – Scientific Instruments
Tel +44 (0) 7429 788 720



Previous Sale Highlights From Our Past Auction Sales

Flints Auctioneers have achieved high prices for microscopes. Below is a link to some of the highlights.

Adams Variable Microscope An Exceptionally Important Adams ‘Variable ‘ Microscope, English, Signed A & G Adams at No 60 Fleet Street, London

Sold For £105600.00 inc Premium

One of the highlights of our April 2018 ‘Fine Photographica & Instruments of Science & Medicine’ auction was this 18th century compound microscope, originally designed by George Adams Senior but signed by his wife, Anne Adams. The instrument was fought over by seven phone bidders, internet bidders and commission bidders. It was finally sold via phone bid to a museum in the US. You can read the full description here

This microscope featured on the Antiques Trade Gazette publication and website. It can be seen here

Nachet Binocular & Petrological Microscope Outfit A Nachet Binocular, Monocular & Polarising Microscope Outfit

Sold For £7200.00 inc buyers premium

Another highlight from our April 2018 ‘Fine Photographica & Instruments of Science & Medicine’ sale was this French, C.1880, microscope by ‘Nachet et Fils,  Paris,’. Contained within its original silk-lined French polished mahogany case with brass bindings, the instrument has interchangeable monocular & binocular body tubes; the monocular tube has the ability to be used as a full polarising stand with goniometer eyepiece and Nicol prism. The outfit came with an impressive set of original accessories including numbered objectives and eyepieces numbered 1, 2 & 3 with two binocular eyepieces. You can read the full description here

Edmund Wheeler Binocular Microscope A Fine & Massive Edmund Wheeler ‘Stand A’ Compound Binocular Microscope

Sold For £5200.00 inc buyers premium

This impressive instrument, which along with all of its accessories weighs an impressive 25kg, sold in our September 2017 ‘Fine Photographica & Instruments of Science & Medicine’ sale. The microscope was made by Edmund Wheeler who is best known for his microscope slides. This instrument was his top of the range model and comes with a large case of original accessories. It sold to a European collector in the room. You can read the full description here