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Rare Liminaire Filagree Floor Fan Lamp
Located in Peekskill, NY
This is a 1920’s Victor Luminaire electric funeral parlor fan lamp. The fan was made by the Cincinnati Victor Co. and for funeral homes and used to display the deceased. The purpose ...
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Early 20th Century American Art Nouveau Scientific Instruments

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Metal

Navy Binoculars
Located in Paris, FR
Binoculars Navy with polished steel adjustable tripod base. With polished aluminium and steel binoculars with glass lens, magnifying x12. Adjustable height.
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21st Century and Contemporary Indian Scientific Instruments

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Antique Day or Night Telescope, English, Terrestrial, Henry Ward, Victorian
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is a large antique day or night telescope. An English, single draw refractor for terrestrial or astronomical use by Henry Ward of Hull, dating to the early Victorian period, cir...
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Mid-19th Century British Antique Scientific Instruments

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Fruitwood

Antique Scientific Showpiece, Bone Cut of the Human Foot, ca. 1900
Located in Berghuelen, DE
An antique visual aid of a longitudinal bone cut of the human foot. Genuine bone mounted on cardboard with handpainted structure of cartilage and tendons. With German explanation. Pu...
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Early 20th Century German Early Victorian Scientific Instruments

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Bone

20thC Japanese Naval Bridge "Big Eye" 15X80 Binoculars By Nikon c.1940
Located in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent
A rare set of Japanese naval bridge “big eye“ binoculars by Nikon manufactured during WWII by Tokyo Kogaku Kikai (Tokyo Optical Company). They have been expertly cleaned and hand pol...
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20th Century Scientific Instruments

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Brass, Steel

1950s Phiwe Anatomical Didactic Model of Human Enlargedf Eye Antique Scientific
Located in Milan, IT
Anatomical didactic model of human eye enlarged made of gutta-percha plastic material of vegetable origin. The model is decomposable in order to show the cornea, the iris and the l...
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1950s German Vintage Scientific Instruments

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Plaster

Early 19th Century Dolland Gilt Brass Spy Glass Telescope
Located in Lincolnshire, GB
A fine Dolland spy glass telescope. Rare carved tortoiseshell around the main barrel. Signed around the eye piece Circa 1820.
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Early 19th Century English Antique Scientific Instruments

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Brass

Rare Print of a Nilometer, a Structure Used to Calculate Taxes in Egypt, 1802
Located in Langweer, NL
How high is the water, mama? Johny Cash was asking his mother, when it is was '6 feet high and rising'. In Egypt it would probably mean that taxes that year would be low. In E...
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Early 1800s Antique Scientific Instruments

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Paper

Antique 3 Draw Telescope, English, Terrestrial, Davis of London, Victorian, 1860
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique 3 draw telescope. An English, brass terrestrial or astronomical refractor by Davis of London, dating to the mid Victorian period, circa 1860. Perfect for bird w...
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Mid-19th Century British Antique Scientific Instruments

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Brass

Solid Brass Boat Compass by "Thaxter & Son"
Located in Norwell, MA
Nineteenth century solid brass gimballed boat compass with varnished wood box. Compass card is marked with maker's name Ritchie and sold by S. Thaxter and Sons of Boston, Massachuset...
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1880s American Antique Scientific Instruments

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Brass

Mid-Century French Louis XV Carved Giltwood Wall Barometer
Located in Dallas, TX
This elegant, antique Louis XV barometer was crafted in Paris, France, circa 1960. Square in shape, the wall piece features the original hand painted parchment paper barometer with F...
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Mid-20th Century French Louis XV Scientific Instruments

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Giltwood

Pair of English 12-inch Globes by William Harris, 1832 and 1835
Located in Milano, IT
Pair of 12-inch table globes William Harris London, 1832 and 1835 Slight abrasions from use; few cracks lb 11 each (kg 5) The two terrestrial and celestial globes rest in their ori...
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1830s English William IV Antique Scientific Instruments

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Paper, Wood

Antique Scientific Model of the Non-Poisonous Snake of Natricidae Family 1950s
Located in Milan, IT
Model of the European non-poisonous snake belonging to the Natricidae family. German manufacture of hand-painted rubber and plastic dated to the 1950s, from the Hygiene Museum in Dre...
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1950s German Vintage Scientific Instruments

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Rubber

1940s Jaeger Desk Top Barometer and Thermometer
Located in Saint-Ouen, FR
1940s French Jaeger Baromètre and thermometer. Good vintage condition.
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1940s French Mid-Century Modern Vintage Scientific Instruments

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Brass

Oak Cased Stick Barometer and Thermometer
Located in Cheshire, GB
Late 19th century oak cased stick barometer and thermometer by J Hicks of London with engraved scales contained in oak case having shaped and moulded pediment, and carved cistern cov...
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Late 19th Century British Antique Scientific Instruments

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Oak

Early 19th Century Regency Weighing Scales
Located in Dublin 8, IE
Early 19th century Regency mahogany weighing scales, the central support with concealed height measuring stick, measurement scale and brass weighing scale raised over two moulded she...
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Early 19th Century English George IV Antique Scientific Instruments

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Mahogany

Large, Good Condition and Stylish Antique English Victorian Oak Wall Barometer
Located in Lisse, NL
Stunning design and top quality executed antique barometer. This late 19th-early 20th century, English manufactured wall barometer has everything that makes an antique worthwhile. F...
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Early 20th Century English Victorian Scientific Instruments

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Brass

Monumental Floor Standing Brass Butcher Scale
Located in Cheshire, GB
A large set of floor standing brass balance scales and graduated weights with bullhead terminal above the circular column, to the platform base with fourteen graduated compartments f...
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Early 20th Century Spanish Scientific Instruments

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Brass

Large Victorian Carved Architectural Mercurial Barometer
Located in Lincoln, GB
Large Victorian carved architectural mercurial barometer, with Corinthian column sides with a broken arched pediment top, with a large decorated porcelain enamel dial, with two adjus...
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Mid-19th Century Antique Scientific Instruments

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Enamel

Rococo Style Carved Oak-Wood Barometer with Thermometer
Located in Barntrup, DE
This barometer features a beautifully carved oak-wood frame with Rococo or Louis XV style leaf and rocaille details. Above the barometer, there is a thermometer in Celsius degrees. E...
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1920s European Rococo Vintage Scientific Instruments

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Glass, Oak

French Louis XVI Carved Giltwood Mercury Barometer
Located in Norwich, GB
Louis XVI carved giltwood and painted mercury wheel barometer. Eight inch circular painted wood register dial with central rosette within the scale calibrated from 27-28-29 and ...
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1780s French Louis XVI Antique Scientific Instruments

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Giltwood

Dairy Balance Scales by Parnall of Bristol
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Dairy balance scales by Parnall of Bristol Superb large brass and iron dairy balance scales by Parnall of Bristol This very large and attractive beam balance scale is set on a ca...
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1880s Victorian Antique Scientific Instruments

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Iron

Rare Pierre Cardin Pop Art Futuristic Ambiance Phone
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Rare and highly collectable Pop Art futuristic Ambiance phone.
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1980s Taiwanese Futurist Vintage Scientific Instruments

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Plastic

19th Century Antique Barometer
Located in Opole, PL
We present you this barometer with a thermometer in a wooden, decorative case made of walnut wood. The whole is date fourth quarter of the 19th century. The barometer (aneroid) and ...
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Late 19th Century European Antique Scientific Instruments

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Walnut

Compact Vintage Tripod, English, Bamboo, Brass, Telescope Stand, 20th Century
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is a compact vintage tripod. An English, bamboo and brass telescope stand, dating to the mid-20th century, circa 1950. Displays a desirable aged patina Eye-catching bamboo w...
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Mid-20th Century English Scientific Instruments

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Brass

Anatomical Plaque by New York Scientific Supply Co.
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hand painted, plaster, anatomical plate by New York Scientific Supply Co. depicting the musculature and circulatory systems of the face and head on a wood plaque.
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Scientific Instruments

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Wood, Plaster

Dental Phantom Head, Mounted on an Iron Display Stand, circa 1910
Located in London, GB
An early 20th century aluminum and bronze dental articulator or phantom head, mounted on an iron display stand, circa 1910.
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Early 20th Century North American Scientific Instruments

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Aluminum, Bronze, Iron

19th Century Howell James & Company Postal Letter Scale
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Howell James & Company brass and porcelain postal letter scale, Regent St. London, circa 1880. With two hand-painted porcelain plaques depicting cherubs and two stacking weights, on...
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1880s English Victorian Antique Scientific Instruments

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Brass

Bronze Mortar, 17th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Mortar in bronze of the 17th century, decorated with ribs in the form of pillared pilasters and, in the planes, cartouches with the representation of Saint Michael the Archangel in r...
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17th Century European Baroque Antique Scientific Instruments

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Bronze

Antique 19th Century English Market Scales by JH PIPER of Wolverhampton
Located in Charlotte, NC
An antique 19th century Victorian period market scale by J.H. Piper & Co. of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, UK. Cast iron base, bowl rest, interior shaft, decorative top and ...
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19th Century English Victorian Antique Scientific Instruments

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Marble, Brass, Iron

Antique Terrestrial Telescope, English, Single Draw Refractor, NSL, Victorian
Located in Hele, Devon, GB
This is an antique terrestrial telescope. An English, single drawer refractor with National Service League mark, dating to the Victorian period, circa 1880. Perfect for bird watch...
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Late 19th Century British Antique Scientific Instruments

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Glass

Nautical Double Gauge Bubble Clinometer on Teak Back Plate by Conn. Valley Ind.
Located in Nantucket, MA
A double gauge bubble clinometer with precision glass tubing and nickel face mounted on a teak back plate. These tilt gauges were used on vessels to measure the angular slant of the ...
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Late 20th Century North American Industrial Scientific Instruments

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Chrome

1800s Belgian Bluestone Weight
Located in High Point, NC
A bluestone weight from Belgium, circa 1800. Rugged and rustic, the notched surface of the sedimentary rock has a tactile appeal. A cast iron handle attached to the upper surface is ...
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Early 1800s Belgian Rustic Antique Scientific Instruments

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Stone, Iron

German Art Deco Desk Top Barometer and Weather Station
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
German Art Deco desk top barometer and weather station. German desktop barometer, thermometer and hydrometer. This station is unsigned and made of glass, chrome, metal and bakelite.
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20th Century German Art Deco Scientific Instruments

Antique French Barometer with Original Mercury Mechanism, 19th Century
Located in Belmont, MA
A very fine and palatial French 19th Louis XV style green painted with polychrome flower decor and gilt bronze-mounted barometer in the manner of La Maison Cam Opticien. Surmounted w...
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1860s French Rococo Antique Scientific Instruments

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Bronze

1960s Box Containing 14 Dismounplate Geometric Solids Of Oak Wood
Located in Milan, IT
Box containing 14 dismounplate geometric solids of oak wood, height 12 cm, inch 4.75 in their original wooden box complete with illustrative leaflet for calculating surfaces and volu...
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1960s Vintage Scientific Instruments

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Wood

W. Ottway Single-Draw WWII Military Sighting Telescope
Located in New York, NY
W. Ottway Telescope from World War II: W. Ottway single-draw WWII Military sighting telescope, having black leather wrapped barrel, with ''PATT. 333.A., W. Ottway & Co. Ltd., Eali...
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20th Century English Scientific Instruments

Materials

Leather

Late 18th Century French Giltwood Barometer
Located in Essex, MA
Period late 18th century giltwood barometer. Original gilding. Carved overall with globe, and navigation instruments. Foliate and neoclassical motifs. Maker signed.
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Late 18th Century French Louis XVI Antique Scientific Instruments

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Giltwood

Fairbanks Scale Co American Doctors Scale
Located in Cheshire, GB
Fairbanks doctors scale in black with brass adjustable measuring stick, and cast iron pressure plate. Retaining there original weights. Dimensions: Height 61.5 inches Width 11.5 i...
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Early 20th Century American Scientific Instruments

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Iron

Set of Three Antique Copper Barrel Valves
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Antique copper barrel valve by unknown manufacturer from France, circa early 20th century. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautif...
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Early 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Scientific Instruments

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Copper

Pair of Butterfly Boxes
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa 1970s pair of framed butterfly boxes. Each case contains about 300 specimens, all with data tags collected between 1960-1980 by Professor Ivo Klik of Tufts University. Made in ...
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20th Century Scientific Instruments

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Glass, Wood

1940s Wanderer Werke French Keyboard Typewriter
Located in New York, NY
Manual typewriter with a French language keyboard. Some keys stick. Leather handle and the case is broken. This can be seen at our 333 West 52nd St location in the Theater District W...
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1940s German Industrial Vintage Scientific Instruments

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Steel

Italian Venetian Gilt Wood Barometer
Located in New York, NY
Italian Venetian-style (20th Century) gilt carved and black painted barometer,with wreath top and cornucopia sides with scroll motifs.
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20th Century Italian Neoclassical Scientific Instruments

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Giltwood

American Nautical Brass Yacht Binnacle Mounted in Mahogany Case, Circa 1890
Located in Charleston, SC
American nautical mahogany yacht binnacle with a hinged locking oval glass viewing port, original removable brass side light burner with font, brass carrying handle, and fitted with ...
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1890s American American Empire Antique Scientific Instruments

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Brass

Regency Period 10ins Dial Barometer
Located in Peterborough, Northamptonshire
A very fine late Regency period ten in dial barometer by Arizzi of Leeds, with mother-of-pearl decoration, silvered dial, thermometer, hygrometer, spirit level, having a swan neck pe...
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19th Century English Antique Scientific Instruments

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Wood

Bronze Weight, 18th Century
Located in Madrid, ES
Weight of the 18th century. Bronze. Bronze weight, incomplete, with the container glass and two of the smallest, all decorated in cold with incised and patterned motifs, simple edge...
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18th Century European Neoclassical Antique Scientific Instruments

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Bronze

Rare Art Deco/ Machine Age Rx Arcade Penny Scale, RX Scale Mfg.Co Inc
By Detecto Scale Company
Located in Buffalo, NY
Stunning Art Deco Penny scale salvaged from old downtown Buffalo NY drug store, perfect working condition, accurate weight, retains original key/ keys. Great size and proportion, per...
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1940s American Art Deco Vintage Scientific Instruments

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Aluminum, Iron, Chrome

18th Century French Louis XVI Giltwood Barometer
Located in Great Barrington, MA
A stunningly beautiful 18th century French gold gilt barometer is a weather instrument with mercury-filled glass thermometer still in working order. Wonderfully ornate, carved wood f...
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1790s French Louis XVI Antique Scientific Instruments

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Wood

Antique Ophthalmology Device, Italy, 1930
Located in Milan, IT
An ancient Italian ophthalmological device with a table with backlit letters, to test eyesight. Labeled “Sbisa”, company founded in Florence in 1869. Case in oak wood and opal glass....
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Early 20th Century Italian Scientific Instruments

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Brass

Antique Louis XVI 1775 Paris Beech Wood Barometer and Thermometer for a Hunter
Located in Munich, DE
Extraordinary and rare Louis XVI barometer and thermometer carved exquisitely in beech wood circa 1775. This wonderful object ist beautifully carved, gilt and painted, it has been ma...
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1770s French Louis XVI Antique Scientific Instruments

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Beech

Edwardian Mahogany Cased Barograph by Negretti & Zambra, London
Located in Norwich, GB
Negretti & Zambra Fine Edwardian mahogany cased barograph with beveled glass panels and central chart drawer. Seven vacuum chambers linking the recording arm to the eight d...
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1910s English Edwardian Vintage Scientific Instruments

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Mahogany

19th Century French Glazed Porcelain Water Filter Pharmacy Display Item
Located in Dallas, TX
This antique ceramic water filter, complete with pewter spout and lid, was created in Provence, France, circa 1870. In the old days, it was used as a promotional display in a Pharmac...
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Late 19th Century French Antique Scientific Instruments

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Ceramic, Porcelain

19th Century Antique Magnetic Nautical Compass W.T. Fisher Maritime Navigation
Located in Milan, IT
Compass in its original wooden box with slot lid. Signed W. T. FISHER Great Yarmouth, mid 19th century. The compass is made up of a copper container with a lead and glass counterweig...
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1850s British Antique Scientific Instruments

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Brass

Italian Modern Plexiglass and Glass Mercury Wall Thermometer, 1980s
Located in MIlano, IT
Italian modern plexiglass and glass mercury wall thermometer, 1980s Mercury wall thermometer, from a doctor's office, with rectangular frame and plexiglass panel with numerical indi...
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1980s Italian Modern Vintage Scientific Instruments

Materials

Glass, Plexiglass

French Bronze Mortar, Early 17th Century
Located in Spencertown, NY
The mortar with fleurs de lys decoration.
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Early 17th Century French Baroque Antique Scientific Instruments

Materials

Bronze

Curiosity Cabinet Naturalism Collection of Shells, Circa 1900
Located in Beuzevillette, FR
Very interesting set of shells collected by an amateur between the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. The shells are classified by size and age either in ...
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Early 20th Century Scientific Instruments

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Shell

1900s French Marble Mortar
Located in High Point, NC
A stone mortar from France, circa 1800. Rustic and refined, the mortar is shaped from a single piece of caramel beige marble; the textural quality of the stone gifts it an immediate ...
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Early 1900s French Rustic Antique Scientific Instruments

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Marble

Optometrist Eye Chart Light Box Cabinet PSEG Phone Box
Located in East Hampton, NY
Optometrist eye chart cabinet, antique eye chart, light up eye chart, optometrist eye test, PSEG optical collectible, steam punk supply, This looks homemade, but there is a PSEG ...
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Early 20th Century American Scientific Instruments

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Glass, Wood, Paper

Vintage, New and Antique Scientific Instruments

Decorating with vintage, new and antique scientific instruments, as well as other authentic collectibles and curiosities that can be found on 1stDibs, presents an opportunity to create a unique, natural history museum-like atmosphere in your home that can provoke conversation as often as it pays tribute to how far we’ve come in understanding our world.

The Age of Discovery (or the Age of Exploration) refers to a period during the 15th to 18th centuries that saw Europeans taking to the high seas to explore, trade and conquer various regions of the world. What we know about geography, the advancement of sea vessels and the development of scientific instruments all broadened significantly during this time.

With every new finding about our world, scientists invented tools to measure and record. While many of these objects are now obsolete, they are essentially works of art and have a rich history. Scientific instruments of a bygone era represent how far science and technology have advanced.

If you’re interested in introducing antique scientific instruments and tools to your decor to add contrast or draw attention to otherwise unexplored corners of your living room or dining room, there are many options to consider as far as textures and colors go. Like any curious decorative object that draws attention to your home library or mantel, vintage scientific instruments will likely add spirit to any conversation that might take place over cocktails or dinner.

Create an intriguing focal point with Georgian scientific instruments, such as stick barometers with mahogany cases or lacquered brass telescopes. These items stem from an era named for the monarchies of the four King Georges, who ruled England in succession starting in 1714 (plus King William’s reign, which lasted until 1837). Just as there was beautiful jewelry produced during the period that today is coveted by collectors, there is much to be found in the collectibles and curiosities realm too.

Mid-century modern scientific instruments also capture a period of rapid progress, representing groundbreaking discoveries that defined the 20th century. Wouldn’t antique anatomical models of the 1950s pair well with your eye-catching abstract paintings, George Nelson clock or Florence Knoll sofa?

Whether you’re looking for a way to showcase your passion for chemistry or aviation or are making room in your foyer for a breathtaking industrial-style electronic time tower manufactured by Patek Philippe, 1stDibs offers a collection of vintage, new and antique scientific instruments that includes topographic tools, laboratory equipment and more.

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