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Vintage Spencer Microscope #246256 In Case With Key, Extra Lenses & Accessories
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Jul 21, 2012 17:52:57 PDT
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summerland, CA, United States

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   This Spencer microscope belonged the head of the Biology Department of Princeton University, it is from the estate of his niece who recently passed away at age 90+ years. Technically, it has had 2 owners, but only the uncle ever used this. "P.U. 360" is printed on the microscope and lenses for its Princeton University identification number. Reseach tells my this was made in the mid 1940's.
   This auction includes the microscope, wooden case with working key, extra lenses and plastic vials. It weighs 19 pounds 9 ounces.
   The microscope has 3 attached lenses: Spencer 4MM-N.A.O.66-44X # 684133, Spencer 16MM-N.A.O.25-10X (also engraved P.U.360) and Ernst Leitz Wetzler Germany 1h3,5:1. It is printed on the front "Spencer Buffalo U.S.A 246434.". It appears clear to look through and the dials turn easily. There is very mild pitting on the some of the metal, with a spot of larger pitting on one side (pictured).
   The extra lenses are stamped "6X P.U. 360, 10X P.U. 360 and a cute little brass one stamped "2  E. Leitz Wetzler".
   There are 4 amber vials with AO Shield Logo, matching the case. They have fitted holes for them drilled in the wood case. There are also 3 white plastic containers.
   The wood case has a black leather grain print paper cover. It measures 9" X 8 5/8" X 14 3/4". It has a worn leather carrying handle and tape around the sides. It needs restoration. The inside is carefully fitted for the microscope, it is in very good condition.
   The card from Spencer American Optical Company is inside with the original working key.
   I am not an expert on microscopes, it's been many years since I used one in High School. I will be happy to answer any questions or send more pictures.

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