Powell & Lealand No.1 Microscope Outfit


Flints have recently had consigned an impressive Victorian monocular/binocular microscope outfit – The Powell & Lealand No.1 microscope. This instrument is widely accepted to be the most famous of all microscopes and signed on the top of the limb ‘Powell & Lealand, 170, Euston Road, London’.

Sold on 18th of October 2019 for a world record* price of £38400.00 Inc Premium

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Dr Herri Van Heurck gave a particularly favorable review in his book ‘The Microscope’ is 1892;

‘Messers Powell & Lealand occupy quite a unique position in the microscopic world. Their workshops are small, the number of instruments they produce are few, but every piece of apparatus, marked with their name, is an artistic production, perfect in all its details. Moreover, both instruments and objectives of these makers are in the greatest request and are used in England by all serious microscopists.’



This microscope is the most complete outfit offered for sale at auction in the past 20 years. It comes with two extensively equipped accessory cases and a large number of other accessories in the main case. The outfit also includes a Zeiss ABBE apertomoter, an R & J Beck opaque disk rotator set and a microspectroscope by Ross.

As well as the microscope, Flints have also received a good collection of separate Powell & Lealand objectives, eyepieces and other accessories.



For further information on the Powell & Lealand No.1 Monocular/Binocular Microscope Outfit or to consign, please contact Matt Nunn.

* Flints are unaware of any other microscope by Powell & Lealand having sold for more than this figure at auction as of october 2019