A delightful brass compound microscope made by J T Slugg of Manchester in the 19th Century. Approximately 200 mm tall. It has rack and pinion focussing, a mechanical stage, plano-convex mirror and one ocular and one objective, all on a Y-shaped base. The case is in good condition, it has a lock but there is no key. The microscope is accompanied by a letter dated 5th June 1952 to the owner explaining that the rack and pinion had been renovated but it had not been possible to supply a new objective. The microscope was described as "very old". This letter, and the envelope in which it was posted, is included. The objective comes in what appears to be the original cardboard tube.
In addition, there is a bulls-eye lens mounted on a stand with heavy base. The lens is mounted in a brass ring attached to an arm on the stand, enabling the lens to be moved in three dimensions. The lens is in excellent condition with only very small (approximately 1 mm) chips on the very edge next to the brass mounting.
There is a further lens, also mounted in brass, approximately 13 mm diameter of unknown purpose.