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Microscope, made by R. & J. Beck

R.& J. Beck introduced their new binocular microscope in April 1914, advertising eleven advantages over the monocular instrument. The stand was called the 'London' microscope, and cost £2-13-0 (£2-65) basic, and was in production for many years. It was based on a German design.

The binocular microscope in brass and black-painted metal is signed on the back of the U-shaped base 'R & J BECK LTD / LONDON / 30759'. It has two eyepieces and three objectives on the triple nosepiece revolving turret. There is no box and no accessories.

This binocular microscope introduced a new type of prism, which Beck claimed 'saving eyestrain and giving better results than monocular vision.'

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Online ID: 000-180-000-248-C
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Project: 0504: National Museums Scotland Part 2
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Ref: National Museums Scotland  T.1980.65
Date: Around 1915
Material: Brass, black painted metal. Inscription: R + J BECK LTD / LONDON / 30759; OGILVY + CO MAKERS LONDON x10
Dimensions: 120 mm x 185 mm x 100 mm
What: Microscope, binocular
Who: Ogilvy and Co., London (Manufacturers of the eyepieces)
R and J Beck Ltd, London (Maker)
Where: England, London
Description: Brass and black painted metal binocular microscope by R & J Beck Ltd of London, with two eyepieces marked Ogilvy & Co. Makers London x10, no box, no accessories
  • 'R. & J. Beck's New Binocular Microscope', Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society 34 (1914), 205-210. 
  • R. & J. Beck, Special Catalogue: the Beck Binocular Microscope (London, 1914). 
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