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Microscope by Thomas Armstrong & Brother

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A small cased microscope made by Thomas Armstrong & Brother, Manchester and Liverpool, in fine original condition. The polished brass retaining its gold coloured lacquer, the pillar supports fixed to a black lacquered iron base, all within the original mahogany case with the firm's label inlaid to the lid. English circa 1890.

9 in x 4 1/2 in x 3 in

The maker's firm was originally a jewellers and silversmiths, founded in 1825 by Joseph Armstrong. When he died in 1851, Thomas Armstrong and his brother George Booth, took over the management of the company, having already ran it in for some years prior to his fathers death. The company was renamed Thomas Armstrong and Brother Ltd and expanded into the manufacture of spectacles and optical equipment.

In the years between 1877 – 1891 the company grew considerably in size and reputation, employing 15 people including George’s younger brother Alfred. By the time the company exhibited at the Industrial Exhibition of 1887, the company had become well known for its innovation and the production of fine optical and scientific equipment.


Item Code: 4256

£ 145

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