A Fine G. F. Brander Gilt Brass & Ivory Microscope Compendium,
C.1760, German, signed ‘G. F. Brander Aug Vind fecit’ around the Scioptic ball retaining ring. The polished fruit wood case lined with cream chamois leather and edged with a woven metal thread ribbon, the set is laid out with screw-barrel microscope with an ivory handle and its accessories, a scioptic ball in an ebony and mahogany shutter above its locating screws, solar microscope accessories to be used in conjunction with the scioptic ball and the screw-barrel microscope, a compass microscope and its accessories, a set of ivory sliders in a marbled paper covered case, and a set of forceps, case width 40.5cm
The Daguerreotype image: the microscope comes with a copy of a Daguerreotype photograph taken in around 1840/50 showing this same set laid out just as it is now. The original Daguerreotype is held in a private collection in Germany, the vendor has a copy which is included in this sale.
Literature: Alto Brachner (editor), G.F.Brander (1713-1783) Wissenschaftliche Instrumente aus seiner erkstatt, munich 1983, Deutsches Museum.