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New to the board, question from former collector

#1 Post by MicrobeDaughter » Tue May 10, 2016 1:07 am

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My father,a microbiologist, collected about 80 microscopes. Some old, some newer. I know they aren't all valuable. My father passed away suddenly in October and I'm trying to help my mother sell them. Could anyone offer suggestions on how to easily do this, for unfamiliar sellers? I attempted to attach a picture of some of what I'm assuming are the lesser valued microscopes.

Thank you, on advance!
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Re: New to the board, question from former collector

#2 Post by MicrobeDaughter » Tue May 10, 2016 1:09 am

Oops, it's attached here, I hope.

Thank you again.

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#3 Post by zzffnn » Tue May 10, 2016 1:24 am

Welcome to the forum. And my condolences for your family loss.

I don't see your attached photo though.

Please do post some photos, there are quite many knowledgeable scope collectors in this forum and they will help you.

Do you have any Reichert or Leitz scopes? I may want some special condensers from them.
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#4 Post by KurtM » Tue May 10, 2016 3:53 am

MicrobeDaughter, please keep trying on those photos...

I'm afraid there's no real "easy" way to sell the collection outside of offering the lot dirt cheap. For a shot at getting fair prices, may I suggest posting a photo or two of each scope in turn right here, asking what it is, and for opinions on what it's worth? Then you can post ads on eBay (or wherever) with correct info, and hope to get reasonable prices for them.

That's one opinion, anyway. Best of luck to you, and please accept my sincere condolences on the loss of your father in any case.
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Re: New to the board, question from former collector

#5 Post by MicrobeDaughter » Tue May 10, 2016 12:30 pm

I think I successfully posted a picture in the original post now!

Also, he kept a running list of the brief descriptions of the microscopes he bought from their place of purchase (often ebay, I believe).

If any of these descriptions interest you, I can dig through his computer and library for more information! I can't promise they are all still around, but I'll look if there are particular ones of interest.

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Title
Bausch & Lomb Antique Brass Microscope
Antique Microscope Bausch & Lomb. Pat. 1915-Optical
Antique Microscope Spencer Buffalo U.S.A.
B&L MICROSCOPE "S" BACK
Vintage Tiny Microscope,Wollensak,Rochester,N.Y.
Vintage Brass Victorian Field Microscope
Bausch & Lomb Antique Microscope 1915 Great Condition
Antique US Army Medical Department Spencer Microscope
Vintage Microscope In Case
Antique Brass & Steel Spencer Microscope
Antique Brass Microscope Spencer Lens Co Ser# 9413
Old Vintage Antique C Carl Zeiss Jena Brass Microscope
Vintage Microscope 300X Nice Vintage Rare Find
Old Antique Entomology Folding Field Insect Microscope (190012386078)
Ernst Leitz Wetzler Antique Black & Brass Microscope
Vintage Antique Bausch & Lomb Microscope
Old Bausch & Lomb Brass & Steel Stereo Microscope Set
Vintage Antique Medical Brass Field Microscope ,super
Incredible Miniature Sterling Silver MICROSCOPE #034
Vintage Antique Medical Brass Field Microscope N/R
20th Century Antique Brass Microscope
Antique Carl Ziess microscope with box
Antique Brass Drum Microscope By J.H.Steward, London
1890's Brass Bausch & Lomb Microscope Kit Parts Etc.
Early Crouch Student Microscope Restoration
SPENCER Buffalo Microscope - S/N 79771: Pre 40's?
Antique Brass Students Microscope
Bausch & Lomb B&L Little Gem Microscope
Small Brass Microscope and Specimen Slides
Vintage Microscope circa 1930's 6 inches
7-Inch Antique Style Brass Microscope. Decorative
Microscope 1930'S? neat black cast metal not toy Field
Incredible Miniature Sterling Silver MICROSCOPE #034
Antique Vintage Microscope Tasco Deluxe 1932 Old Toy
Bausch and Lomb Microscope Wood Case
Vintage E. Leitz Wetzlar Microscope w Extra Stage NR
19thC Lacquered Brass Cast Iron Single Tube Microscope
Brass 1800's 1900's Bausch & Lomb Microscope w/case
B & L Bausch & Lomb Vintage Brass And Iron Microscope
2 X Vintage Microscopes
2 X Vintage Microscopes
Rare Vintage Brass Spencer Microscope Objective 1.8mm
Microscope, Spenser Monocular OLD
Scientific Microscope Bausch & Lomb Optical Co. ,N/R
19th Century Antique Brass Microscope "TIGHE"
Very Old Miniature Brass Microscope In Original Box
Microscope
Vintage Bausch & Lomb Microscope W/Case
Old Brass and Metal Universal Household Microscope
Vintage Microscope Xavier X200 Science Old
Antique Brass Field Microscope & Wood Case Tweezers
Vintage Spencer Lens Co. Microscope + Case
Old Antique Entomology Brass Field Insect Microscope
Vintage 1940'S Microscope Bausch & Lomb Fs University
Antique brass microscope, SPENCER LENS CO. ser # 58721
Bausch&Lomb 1915 Microscope With Case Manual, And More!
Wollensak Optical 150x Compound Microscope, Great Cond!
Antique Bausch & Lomb Microscope Circa 1870s Brass
Antique Brass Microscope & Original Wood Box Case NR!
Vintage Bausch & Lomb Microscope Brass And Iron Made
MICROSCOPE very nice, small , and old. (RUSSIAN)
Bausch & Lomb Microscope Antique,In Box, W/ Key
Vintage Bausch & Lomb Microscope
Vintage Bausch & Lomb UB581 Microscope With Case/Att
Microscope Vintage 1915, Bausch&Lomb,Leitz
Brass screw wound microscope magnifer case berlin mint
Vintage Miniature Eclipse Light Microscope
Antique Spencer Buffalo Microscope W/ Case Lenses Key
Three Small Vintage Microscope's ~ Science Lab Work
Antique Microscope Spencer W.S.C Bio 37 90200 Brass
Garaf Apsco Optical Microscope
Antique Brass Microscope
old antique microscope vintage Optical
Microscope; see pic for best description
microscope ,Brass knobs, illuminated
Swift & Son early microscope Luximette Dollond London
Microscope Very Small Functional Perfect 4 Doctor Décor
Antique gas Bunsen Burner Lab Equipment Doctor 1890
Brass And Metal Microscope With Dove Tail Wooden Box!!!
7 Inch Brass Microscope With Oak Case
Vintage SPENCER Lens Co. Microscope
Antique Brass Field Microscope in Wood Case
Antique Microscope Spencer Lens Co
Great VINTAGE WOLLENSACK "Baby" First MICROSCOPE Boxed
Vintage Bausch & Lomb stereoscope microscope -ARRIVED BROKEN. GOOD Experience
Antique Brass Field Microscope
Old Antique Cast Iron Toy Microscope
Antique Spencer Microscope US Navy With Case
Antique Vintage Bausch & Lomb 3 Lens Microscope 1915
used vintage Spencer Microscope in great shape!
Edmund 300X Microscope
Vintage Microscope From Hoover High School In San Diego
Bausch & Lomb 10X, 3 Lens, Microscope, NR
Old BAUSCH & LOMB Doctors Compound MICROSCOPE

Microscope , Spencer
1925 Bausch & Lomb Optical Co. Microscope In Wood Box
Microscope Antique #1358 Bausch & Lomb Optical-NR!
antique SPENCER LENS CO early ~BRASS MICROSCOPE & CASE~

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Re: New to the board, question from former collector

#6 Post by apochronaut » Tue May 10, 2016 1:07 pm

Some of your instruments have some value as collectors items and are somewhat sought after, so it would be a good idea to separate these out and sell them individually on ebay. That's a primary place where collectors search.

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#7 Post by zzffnn » Tue May 10, 2016 1:29 pm

You may also look at shell of each objective lens and see if it says "apo" or "apochromatic". If it does, then the lens and the entire scope it comes with may be worth more than those that don't say so.

Collectors also tend to like shiny brass scopes in good shape.
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#8 Post by MicrobeDaughter » Tue May 10, 2016 1:36 pm

Thank you! He has a file with details from most purchases. I will pull out the ones you all think I should start with.

I'm reposting the list, with his "inventory #" so you can easily communicate the ones I should start with.

Thank you again. This is an overwhelming project to someone unfamiliar with microscopes!

Inventory Number
MScope06001 Bausch & Lomb Antique Brass Microscope
MScope06002 Antique Microscope Bausch & Lomb. Pat. 1915-Optical
MScope06003 Antique Microscope Spencer Buffalo U.S.A.
MScope06004 B&L MICROSCOPE "S" BACK
MScope06005 Vintage Tiny Microscope,Wollensak,Rochester,N.Y.
MScope06006 Vintage Brass Victorian Field Microscope
MScope06007 Bausch & Lomb Antique Microscope 1915 Great Condition
MScope06008 Antique US Army Medical Department Spencer Microscope
MScope06009 Vintage Microscope In Case
MScope06010 Antique Brass & Steel Spencer Microscope
MScope06011 Antique Brass Microscope Spencer Lens Co Ser# 9413
MScope06012 Old Vintage Antique C Carl Zeiss Jena Brass Microscope
MScope06013 Vintage Microscope 300X Nice Vintage Rare Find
MScope06014 Old Antique Entomology Folding Field Insect Microscope (190012386078)
MScope06015 Ernst Leitz Wetzler Antique Black & Brass Microscope
MScope06016 Vintage Antique Bausch & Lomb Microscope
MScope06017 Old Bausch & Lomb Brass & Steel Stereo Microscope Set
MScope06018 Vintage Antique Medical Brass Field Microscope ,super
MScope06019 Incredible Miniature Sterling Silver MICROSCOPE #034
MScope06020 Vintage Antique Medical Brass Field Microscope N/R
MScope06021 20th Century Antique Brass Microscope
MScope06022 Antique Carl Ziess microscope with box
MScope06023 Antique Brass Drum Microscope By J.H.Steward, London
MScope06024 1890's Brass Bausch & Lomb Microscope Kit Parts Etc.
MScope06025 Early Crouch Student Microscope Restoration
MScope06026 SPENCER Buffalo Microscope - S/N 79771: Pre 40's?
MScope06027 Antique Brass Students Microscope
MScope06028 Bausch & Lomb B&L Little Gem Microscope
MScope06029 Small Brass Microscope and Specimen Slides
MScope06030 Vintage Microscope circa 1930's 6 inches
MScope06031 7-Inch Antique Style Brass Microscope. Decorative
MScope06032 Microscope 1930'S? neat black cast metal not toy Field
MScope06033 Incredible Miniature Sterling Silver MICROSCOPE #034
MScope06034 Antique Vintage Microscope Tasco Deluxe 1932 Old Toy
MScope06035 Bausch and Lomb Microscope Wood Case
MScope06036 Vintage E. Leitz Wetzlar Microscope w Extra Stage NR
MScope06037 19thC Lacquered Brass Cast Iron Single Tube Microscope
MScope06038 Brass 1800's 1900's Bausch & Lomb Microscope w/case
MScope06039 B & L Bausch & Lomb Vintage Brass And Iron Microscope
MScope06040 2 X Vintage Microscopes
MScope06041 2 X Vintage Microscopes
MScope06042 Rare Vintage Brass Spencer Microscope Objective 1.8mm
MScope06043 Microscope, Spenser Monocular OLD
MScope06044 Scientific Microscope Bausch & Lomb Optical Co. ,N/R
MScope06045 19th Century Antique Brass Microscope "TIGHE"
MScope06046 Very Old Miniature Brass Microscope In Original Box
MScope06047 Microscope
MScope06048 Vintage Bausch & Lomb Microscope W/Case
MScope06049 Old Brass and Metal Universal Household Microscope
MScope06050 Vintage Microscope Xavier X200 Science Old
MScope06051 Antique Brass Field Microscope & Wood Case Tweezers
MScope06052 Vintage Spencer Lens Co. Microscope + Case
MScope06053 Old Antique Entomology Brass Field Insect Microscope
MScope06054 Vintage 1940'S Microscope Bausch & Lomb Fs University
MScope06055 Antique brass microscope, SPENCER LENS CO. ser # 58721
MScope06056 Bausch&Lomb 1915 Microscope With Case Manual, And More!
MScope06057 Wollensak Optical 150x Compound Microscope, Great Cond!
MScope06058 Antique Bausch & Lomb Microscope Circa 1870s Brass
MScope06059 Antique Brass Microscope & Original Wood Box Case NR!
MScope06060 Vintage Bausch & Lomb Microscope Brass And Iron Made
MScope06061 MICROSCOPE very nice, small , and old. (RUSSIAN)
MScope06062 Bausch & Lomb Microscope Antique,In Box, W/ Key
MScope06063 Vintage Bausch & Lomb Microscope
MScope06064 Vintage Bausch & Lomb UB581 Microscope With Case/Att
MScope06065 Microscope Vintage 1915, Bausch&Lomb,Leitz
MScope06066 Brass screw wound microscope magnifer case berlin mint
MScope06067 Vintage Miniature Eclipse Light Microscope
MScope06068 Antique Spencer Buffalo Microscope W/ Case Lenses Key
MScope06069 Three Small Vintage Microscope's ~ Science Lab Work
MScope06070 Antique Microscope Spencer W.S.C Bio 37 90200 Brass
MScope06071 Garaf Apsco Optical Microscope
MScope06072 Antique Brass Microscope
MScope06073 old antique microscope vintage Optical
MScope06074 Microscope; see pic for best description
MScope06075 microscope ,Brass knobs, illuminated
MScope06076 Swift & Son early microscope Luximette Dollond London
MScope06077 Microscope Very Small Functional Perfect 4 Doctor Décor
MScope06078 Antique gas Bunsen Burner Lab Equipment Doctor 1890
MScope06079 Brass And Metal Microscope With Dove Tail Wooden Box!!!
MScope06080 7 Inch Brass Microscope With Oak Case
MScope06081 Vintage SPENCER Lens Co. Microscope
MScope06082 Antique Brass Field Microscope in Wood Case
MScope06083 Antique Microscope Spencer Lens Co
MScope06084 Great VINTAGE WOLLENSACK "Baby" First MICROSCOPE Boxed
MScope06085 Vintage Bausch & Lomb stereoscope microscope -ARRIVED BROKEN. GOOD Experience
MScope06086 Antique Brass Field Microscope
MScope06087 Old Antique Cast Iron Toy Microscope
MScope06088 Antique Spencer Microscope US Navy With Case
MScope06089 Antique Vintage Bausch & Lomb 3 Lens Microscope 1915
MScope06090 used vintage Spencer Microscope in great shape!
MScope06091 Edmund 300X Microscope
MScope06092 Vintage Microscope From Hoover High School In San Diego
MScope06093 Bausch & Lomb 10X, 3 Lens, Microscope, NR
MScope06094 Old BAUSCH & LOMB Doctors Compound MICROSCOPE
MScope06095
MScope06096 Microscope , Spencer
MScope06097 1925 Baushch Lomb Optical Co. Microscope In Wood Box
MScope06098 Microscope Antique #1358 Bausch & Lomb Optical-NR!
MScope06099 antique SPENCER LENS CO early ~BRASS MICROSCOPE & CASE~

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#9 Post by 75RR » Tue May 10, 2016 2:10 pm

I know it will be a big job to take a couple of photos of each one - but that is the best way to get a good price for them.

You may also want to post this list in the Equipment Exchange section of http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/
and explain the circumstances.
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#10 Post by Charles » Tue May 10, 2016 2:24 pm

Hi MicrobeDaughter, Welcome and my condolences to you and your family.

I also collect vintage microscopes and may be interested is some of your scopes. Especially the following:

MScope06006 Vintage Brass Victorian Field Microscope
MScope06009 Vintage Microscope In Case
MScope06012 Old Vintage Antique C Carl Zeiss Jena Brass Microscope
MScope06013 Vintage Microscope 300X Nice Vintage Rare Find
MScope06014 Old Antique Entomology Folding Field Insect Microscope (190012386078)
MScope06015 Ernst Leitz Wetzler Antique Black & Brass Microscope
MScope06018 Vintage Antique Medical Brass Field Microscope ,super
MScope06020 Vintage Antique Medical Brass Field Microscope N/R
MScope06021 20th Century Antique Brass Microscope
MScope06022 Antique Carl Ziess microscope with box
MScope06023 Antique Brass Drum Microscope By J.H.Steward, London
MScope06024 1890's Brass Bausch & Lomb Microscope Kit Parts Etc.
MScope06025 Early Crouch Student Microscope Restoration
MScope06036 Vintage E. Leitz Wetzlar Microscope w Extra Stage NR
MScope06038 Brass 1800's 1900's Bausch & Lomb Microscope w/case
MScope06045 19th Century Antique Brass Microscope "TIGHE"
MScope06046 Very Old Miniature Brass Microscope In Original Box
MScope06051 Antique Brass Field Microscope & Wood Case Tweezers
MScope06053 Old Antique Entomology Brass Field Insect Microscope
MScope06076 Swift & Son early microscope Luximette Dollond London
MScope06082 Antique Brass Field Microscope in Wood Case
MScope06086 Antique Brass Field Microscope
MScope06092 Vintage Microscope From Hoover High School In San Diego
MScope06098 Microscope Antique #1358 Bausch & Lomb Optical-NR!

Could you post pictures of the above?
Thank you, Charles

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#11 Post by charlie » Tue May 10, 2016 3:18 pm

Hello and welcome MicrobeDaughter

In the event that you don't know which description fits which microscope, feel free to post pictures without descriptions,
(singly or however)

I bet they will be identified for you. :-)

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#12 Post by MicrobeDaughter » Sat May 14, 2016 9:03 pm

I've been struggling to find time to get pictures taken, and I'm pretty sure I'll never get around to resizing them. :? Please let me know if you can see the images in this dropbox link. I'm currently uploading pictures for probably 1/3 of his stash. I'll update more later!

For now, please refer to the picture name (e.g. IMG 249) if you have interest or any idea on value!!! Thank you all for offering to help me with this overwhelming project.

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/oezxrddm0pcw ... PgkEa?dl=0

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#13 Post by apochronaut » Sun May 15, 2016 8:38 pm

The pictures are there and the size is fine. It would be best to get them upright, though.

At this point, you really only need to take 2 of each microscope. One, off to each side from the front, showing the details on the left and right. That will show most of what is needed, as well as the maker. If the maker isn't on the optical tube, you could take a shot of the maker's badge too. That will streamline things for you. Make sure to show a tag relating the microscope to your list.
I sent you a p.m., some time ago but you haven't opened it. I had some advice about how to market the microscopes. The p.m.'s are in the upper left corner, where it says private messages followed by a number.

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#14 Post by MicrobeDaughter » Tue May 31, 2016 7:03 pm

Ok, Part 1 of my project is complete! We took pictures of the tagged microscopes. Their original postings (my father saved, thank goodness, with descriptions) and the pictures I took are below:

Original ebay listings of microscopes that my father saved: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/efleez5kdd14 ... NLKMa?dl=0

Our pictures, taken in May 2016: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/d13cbvhanvko ... mscTa?dl=0

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Re: New to the board, question from former collector

#15 Post by MicrobeDaughter » Tue May 31, 2016 7:13 pm

I cannot figure out how to send private messages, but if there's a way to tag people - I found a few of the microscopes zzffnn and Charles were looking for. They are in the dropbox links above.

zzffnn:
MScope06015 Ernst Leitz Wetzler Antique Black & Brass Microscope
MScope06036 Vintage E. Leitz Wetzlar Microscope w Extra Stage NR

Charles:
MScope06009 Vintage Microscope In Case
MScope06013 Vintage Microscope 300X Nice Vintage Rare Find
MScope06015 Ernst Leitz Wetzler Antique Black & Brass Microscope
MScope06018 Vintage Antique Medical Brass Field Microscope ,super
MScope06036 Vintage E. Leitz Wetzlar Microscope w Extra Stage NR
MScope06038 Brass 1800's 1900's Bausch & Lomb Microscope w/case
MScope06046 Very Old Miniature Brass Microscope In Original Box
MScope06051 Antique Brass Field Microscope & Wood Case Tweezers
MScope06076 Swift & Son early microscope Luximette Dollond London

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