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New, but still old stuff

#1 Post by hkv » Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:32 pm

I am a sucker for old stuff in like-new conditions. Sharing with you a few of my recent purchases.

Bu accident I found a pristine absolutely mint condition Reichert microscope. Not a scratch and with the manual and paper documentation in new condition. I don't think it has ever been used. Impossible to resist. I think it is from the early 1920's. A little dusty in the picture, but look at the shiny metal parts. It produces an excellent image as well, but lack electric lightning.

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Next item I bought was an old microtome from 1929. Also in mint condition and unbelievable finish. Resistance was futile. I planned to use it as my main microtome, but I think it is too nice looking to be abused as a microtome. Will remain eye candy I guess.

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To get a work horse Microtome I found this one on ebay. A brand new, opened box, Reichert (American Optical) 820. From 1984. Been sitting in a box for over 30 years. Maybe as a spare, but these lumps of iron rarely break and the spare was most likely not needed.

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The Reichert 820 I guess I will use. Perhaps... :shock:
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Re: New, but still old stuff

#2 Post by Crater Eddie » Tue Mar 10, 2015 9:39 pm

Very nice! Good scores.
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Re: New, but still old stuff

#3 Post by JimT » Tue Mar 10, 2015 10:23 pm

Beautiful microscope. I wouldn't use it I would display it!!!
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#4 Post by lorez » Wed Mar 11, 2015 2:08 am

Be careful of what you post on the web. Someone, but not me, may visit you some very dark, moonless, night... just sayin'

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#5 Post by 75RR » Wed Mar 11, 2015 12:11 pm

Beautiful Microscope and Microtome! I also have a weak spot for well made old stuff.
Beautiful microscope. I wouldn't use it I would display it!!!
Perhaps best not used regularly ... But definitely at least once.
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#6 Post by Peter » Wed Mar 11, 2015 5:31 pm

Hi HKV,
Use them, they may be beautiful but they were designed and built as working tools (that's my opinion anyway).
My microtome has two cams which are operated using ball and socket joints the sockets are plastic, the plastic material perished leaving the microtome inoperable until I made new plastic sockets. I hope your microtones do not have similar problems.
I hope you have knives for these microtones.
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#7 Post by gekko » Fri Mar 13, 2015 1:22 pm

Beautiful! Thanks for posting those images. Perhaps a new forum section could be devoted specifically to images of old instruments?

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#8 Post by hkv » Mon Mar 16, 2015 8:17 pm

Peter wrote:Hi HKV,
Use them, they may be beautiful but they were designed and built as working tools (that's my opinion anyway).
My microtome has two cams which are operated using ball and socket joints the sockets are plastic, the plastic material perished leaving the microtome inoperable until I made new plastic sockets. I hope your microtones do not have similar problems.
I hope you have knives for these microtones.
Peter.
No plastic parts on these items for sure. Yes, I have a collection of knives as well as a couple of hundred disposable blades and blade holder for the newest microtome. Should last a lifetime.
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#9 Post by einman » Tue Mar 17, 2015 12:36 am

Awesome acquisitions.

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#10 Post by Peter » Tue Mar 17, 2015 5:16 pm

gekko wrote: I have a collection of knives as well as a couple of hundred disposable blades and blade holder for the newest microtome. Should last a lifetime.
Especially if you never use them.
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#11 Post by hkv » Tue Mar 17, 2015 9:48 pm

Peter wrote: Especially if you never use them.
Peter.
You are right. I WILL use the Reichert 820. :D
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Re: New, but still old stuff

#12 Post by Charles » Wed Mar 18, 2015 12:27 pm

Got to love New Old stuff! You do have WAF for these don't you? :D

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