Antique & Victorian Microscope Slides

Antique & Victorian Microscope Slide Sales At Flints Auctions

Microscope slides 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.

Flints scientific instrument department achieved some impressive prices for microscope slides including a world record price of £1440.00 (inc Premium at 20%)  at a UK auction for a single slide. This microscope slide was featured in an article in 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 Auctions have archived high prices for microscopes slides. Below is a link to a few of the recent highlights

Adams Variable Microscope An Exceptionally Fine Collection of 76 Microscope Slides In A Flip Front Case.

Sold For £2640.00 inc Premium

One of the highlights of our April 2018 ‘Fine Photographica & Instruments of Science & Medicine’ auction sale was this collection of 67 very good microscope slides in a flip front storage case. The collection included 24 mineral sections, a microphotograph of ’97 Dramatic Portraits’, 6 insect slides by Enock, several exhibition diatom slides, number of slides by Horace Dall. You can read the full description here

Nachet Binocular & Petrological Microscope Outfit An Impressive Microscope Exhibition Slide By Clarke & Page

Sold For £1440.00 inc buyers premium – A World record price for a single slide sold at a UK auction house

This simple looking slide actually holds 1200 diatoms and butterfly scales arranged as a vase surrounded by a garland. It dates from C.1880 and was made by the firm of Clark & Page. The labels read ‘Entomology Design in Insect Scales & Diatoms Reg No. 32’ and ‘Containing About 1200 Pieces in the Design’, on opaque white glass in leather covered velvet & silk lined case. You can read the full description here

Edmund Wheeler Binocular Microscope A Fine Collection Of  36 Antique Geological Microscope Slides 

Sold For £1440.00 inc buyers premium

This set of slides contained some very fine an delicatly prepared mineral microscope slide specimens by some of the best makers including; Edmund Wheeler; Hendsolt; Thum; Watson and others. The set sold on the phone to an Australian collector.You can read the full description here