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Title Beckett microscope lamp
Description Copy of the Bockett microscope lamp which produced in India for decorative purposes; base reads, "Bockett Microscope Lamp, Collins, London"; base consists of a brass ring, supporting bottle in center and a support arm mounted to ring itself; support arm features an adjustable mounted lens for focusing light, a pivoting ring for holding chimney, and a third ball with a mounted disc of no determinate function.
Date 1970s-1980s
Catalog number 2013.030.009
Notes Bocket Microscope Lamp signed on base plate as such along with Collins, London. Appears to be a 20th Century copy probably made in India. A number of these appeared in department stores in the latter 1970s and early 1980s. There are five indications that the device is a copy: 1, the engraving on the base is not filled with black paint, 2, the lamp has clear instead of blue glass chimney, 3, there is a useless appendage attached to the center, 4, the ring appendage originally held chimney, 5, the overall workmanship is poor, which is typical of Indian copies of scientific instruments. The device consists of several parts which may easily become separated. It includes one brass framed magnifying glass, one glass jar with a flat base and a burner attached to it. There is a separate brass guard which rests atop the burner, along wtih a detachable glass tube which surrounds the wick.
Lexicon category Microscopy
Lexicon sub-category Accessories and parts
Collection Benyo Microscope Collection
Search Terms illumination
microscope lamp
European microscope
Accession number 2013.030