Under the microscope
In 2005 antiques expert Vic Burness got under one of the microscopes from the Dollond & Aitchison Loan Collection*...and on top of it...all over it in fact. This Culpeper-type from circa 1800 needed its jammed draw tube releasing, a thorough clean and relacquering and the manufacturing of a new rack and pinion adjustment mechanism. This latter was a highly specialised job. The first picture on the left shows where this vital part had become detached.