The Lundy Antique Microscope Collection

Established and maintained by
Technical Instruments San Francisco
May 2, 2001


The Frank Lundy Microscope collection has been examined and placed into an inventory which permits quick and easy access.  The instruments have also been photographed and attached to an inventory number.  Abstracts which include relevant details have been included where the instrument warrants the added attention.  Having this information available will help in better access to the collection and preserve the providence created by the efforts of Technical Instrument.  This collection can now act as a reference in the ongoing research associated with antique microscopes.  This also establishes a record of the collection and aids in recovery and insurance verification.  The microscopes at Technical Instruments include a large number of instruments that are not yet part of this inventory.  These additional microscopes are younger second quarter 20th century and not considered part of the Antique collection.  Most of these later microscopes are so common as not to warrant special consideration. 

The inventory numbering system consists of three digits and one letter.  This allows for future growth as well as the ability to incorporate the inventory into a regular database (which normally begins with three digits).  The alphabetical letter represents the regent from where the instrument was manufactured.  Examples are, “A” represents American, “C” Continental and “E” English.  This allows the user to divide the content into categories normally associated with collecting types.  The collection can be broken down into thirds making access even quicker.  If this inventory is added to a computer database it will make access by type much simpler.  In general the inventory represent the instruments that are 100 years and older.  Descriptions in italic represent the actual signature on the instrument.  If known, the model type is then mentioned along with the date of production.  The overall type is included which indicates whether it’s a compound or simple microscope.  Type of construction is also included when appropriate (examples are the Lister-limb or bar-limb type). 

The abstracts include information of a historical nature and should be helpful to collectors interested in research.  The term abstract is used in reference to the brief summaries associated with the instruments.  The numbering system remains the same as found in the Inventory list.  Instruments in the collection that are somehow related are referenced to each other using the inventory number.  If for example a Bausch & Lomb microscope is described, most of the additional example of B&L are referenced back to this first example.  No attempt has been made to elaborate on every instrument in the collection. 

Sincerely, the curator, James D. Solliday

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