Pillischer International Microscope (No. 338)

Age: c1878
Made by:
Mortiz Pillischer
Made in: London
M. Pillischer London
This is the International Model microscope made by Mortiz Pillischer of London. It consists of a microscope body tube supported on a cantilever. The body has a long drawtube that when extended increases the microscope length to the standard Continental style; thus the name "International"; which was introduced in 1876. This instrument has a later manufacture date, as indicated by the serial number of 3055, but still is the original International design. The focus consists of rack & pinion coarse and fine-pitch thread fine focus The microscope is supported by two trunnions attached to a heavy clawed foot. The compass joint allows the microscope to be inclined. The mirror is mounted in a gimbal frame and is attached to a descending arm below the stage. This microscope comes with three objectives, an bulls eye lens mounted on the body and a camera lucida. There are three eyepieces labeled #2 and #3. Accessories include two Nicol prisms for polarized light microscopy and glass sample slides. The microscope can be stored in its wooded carrying case. Included with this instrument is the original Pillischer sales receipt. The microscope is 29cm tall and can extend to 34cm with the drawtube extended.

Mortiz Pillischer (c1819–1893) was a Hungarian who immigrated to England in 1845. He started making instruments a few years later, and competed with top London manufacturers like Powell and Lealand and Ross. Pillischer instruments were considered of nearly equal quality, buy were considerably cheaper. Moritz's nephew Jacob joined the firm c1860, and continued the business after the death of Mortiz. After being passed on to Jacob's children, the firm closed in 1947.

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