B&l microscope from 1942?

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B&l microscope from 1942?

#1 Post by Radazz » Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:15 pm

This is one I very nearly passed up because I was actually looking for an older one with the Spenser style knobs.

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Then I took another look at the serial number. UK299.
The ‘how old is that microscope in the window’ translates this into 1942.
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This is engraved on the base.
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I got the impression that B&L microscopes produced between 1941 and 1944 are, if not rare, at least thin on the ground. I defer to wiser heads than mine to ask if this is indeed the case.

Thanks,
Jim
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Re: B&l microscope from 1942?

#2 Post by apochronaut » Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:46 pm

Interesting. That's a very short serial number. Might be that '42 was the first year for that stand. True, you don't see many B & L stands from the w.w. II years and most I have seen from Spencer , from whom there are more, are U.S. gov't. That one is cast iron and steel and brass? I wouldn't think there is any aluminum in there-----too precious a metal by 1942.

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Re: B&l microscope from 1942?

#3 Post by Radazz » Sun Dec 24, 2017 11:38 pm

Thanks for the info, Apo.
There is precious little information on line about Bosch & Lomb microscopes as opposed to Spenser.

Thanks again,
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Re: B&l microscope from 1942?

#4 Post by charlie g » Wed Dec 27, 2017 10:31 pm

Hi, Jim/Radazz, hi Phil/ apochronaught...wow that body tube serial number: " UK 299 "...was this ;lend/lease war effort equipment directed to our Brit friends at this trying time? Just a thought.

Charlie Guevara BTW The 'Lend/lease Act' passed 3/11/1941, it authorized ( thank you US Congress) supply of arms and all essential war-effort materials to other goverments whose war efforts were deemed essential to our US defense priorities.

Please opine, folks if Jim's : "UK 299" stand is a child of this WWII program?!

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Re: B&l microscope from 1942?

#5 Post by MichaelG. » Wed Dec 27, 2017 11:24 pm

charlie g wrote:Please opine, folks if Jim's : "UK 299" stand is a child of this WWII program?!
I would think not.
The tables at pages 3&4 of "HowOldIsThatMicroscopeIntheWindow" indicate that UK is simply a Bausch & Lomb product code, and therefore it is mere coincidence that United Kingdom springs to mind.
https://user.xmission.com/~psneeley/Per ... Window.pdf

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Re: B&l microscope from 1942?

#6 Post by charlie g » Thu Dec 28, 2017 1:26 am

Thank, thank you, Michael G., so this is a fairly early 1942 stand ("U"=1942), and it is in the 1942 class of: microscopes ("K"=class including microscopes). Thanks for setting me correct regards to serial # having no direct relationship to early 1942 US lend lease Act!

BTW...shame on me as a collector to 'hatch all these silly senarios'...rather than using the link you just shared...to unbox and clarify my family of stands production years.

Charlie Guevara...when I hear a thunder of hoves...I should think horses..not zebras?!!!

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Re: B&l microscope from 1942?

#7 Post by MichaelG. » Thu Dec 28, 2017 8:35 am

charlie g wrote:...when I hear a thunder of hoves...I should think horses..not zebras?!!!
I do like that analogy, Charlie G.
I'm sure we're all guilty of 'thinking zebras'

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