HE USED IT TO STORE HIS COIN COLLECTION OVER THE LAST 40 YEARS. THE SPECIMEN CASE IS MARKED WITH A BRASS LABEL ON THE BOTTOM FRONT, THAT READS; "R & J BECK, CORNHILL, LONDON" ENGLAND.
I RESEARCHED, THIS AND BASED ON THE INFORMATION BELOW, I CAN DATE THIS CASE TO ROUGHLY 1865 TO 1900. SINCE THEY DEALT WITH MICROSCOPES AND THE LIKE, THIS CASE MOST LIKELY HELD THE LENSES NEEDED FOR THE CAMERAS AND MICROSCOPES. IT IS NOT OFTEN A CASE LIKE THIS COMES UP FOR SALE... SO HERE IS YOUR CHANCE. IF YOU HAVE A NICE AND FLAT COLLECTION YOU NEED STORAGE FOR, THEN THIS MAY BE THE CASE FOR YOU.
THE CASE IS ABOUT 11 3/4" TALL BY ABOUT 11" WIDE BY 12 1/2 DEEP. EACH OF THE 21 DRAWERS IS DIVIDED INTO 3 SECTIONS THAT ARE 8 3/8" WIDE BY 3 1/8" DEEP. THE TOTAL DRAWER AREA IS 8 3/8" WIDE BY ABOUT 9 1/2" DEEP. THE DRAWERS ARE ABOUT 1/4 DEEP... SO YOU KNOW HOW THICK COINS, STAMPS OR WHATEVER YOU WOULD LIKE TO STORE WILL BE ABLE TO FIT INTO THE CABINET DRAWER.
HISTORY OF THE R & J BECK COMPANY. The beginnings of the R & J Beck Company was established in London, by Richard Beck in association with James Smith, and later to be joined by his brother Joseph Beck. The Becks were nephews of Joseph Jackson Lister, who was a partner to Richard and Joseph's father as a wine merchant and a respected British optician and physicist who experimented with achromatic lenses. Lister perfected an arrangement for the optical microscope and Lister's law of aplanatic foci remained the underlying principle of microscopic science.
In commissioning the manufacture of his improved microscope, Lister worked with James smith, an employee of William Tulley to create the stand. James Smith went on to establish his own optical instruments workshop in 1837. Through this relationship, Lister arranged for his nephew, Richard Beck to be and apprentice under smith in 1843. Richard was not excelling in schooling and was in need of a vocation.
In 1847 James Smith entered into partnership with Richard Beck, and the company was re-named Smith & Beck. In 1851 Smith & Beck received the councils metal for microscopic optics and again in 1855 received the Microscopic prize in Paris Exposition. In 1854 the company was renamed to Smith, Beck and Beck, as Richard Beck's brother Joseph Beck joined the company in 1851, after a successful apprenticeship with Optician and Instrument maker William Sims.
In 1861, The company employed 40 men and 35 boys and girls. James Smith retired in 1865 and the company became R & J Beck and the name lasted for long time. The company was first located at 6 Coleman St. In London and manufactured a wide range of optical instruments - microscopes, telescopes and trench periscopes for miltary purposes (in WW I), optometer lenses (eye test glasses) for opticians, camera lenses and cart-de-vista and Stereographs.
One of Beck plate cameras was used by the British Army officer, colonel Thomas Edward Lawrence, better known as "Lawrence of Arabia". In 1865 the company moved to new premises at 31 Cornhill, London. Later it also had offices at the same street no. Also in 1865, Richard Beck published A treatise on the Construction, Proper Use and Capabilities of the Smith, Beck and Beck Achromatic Microscopes.CONDITION: This case is in excellent overall shape despite its' 100+ years of age. Only a few minor issues... T wo of the drawer pulls are missing but they were replaced with simple wood pulls to open them. Also t wo pulls are missing to the little inset with the number on it and they were just painted white with a number , The case and drawers are in great shape and reflect expected wear from use, over the years. There was a handle added to the top to make the case easier to transport. It looks great and matches the case well & makes transport easy. The door closes fine however the key is missing.
I assume there may have been other things fixed over the years but everything looks great now. This is a great item to store your FLAT collectables! We do not mark merchandise values below value or mark items as "gifts" - US and International government regulations prohibit such behavior. I respect and love my customers. Please shop with confidence & trust!
As you can see from my feedback, I do pack my items well. If there is a problem with your item, let me know before leaving negative or neutral feedback. I will work out the issue with you.If a mistake is made, I will do all I can to fix the situation. The item "RARE MUSEUM DISPLAY CABINET NYC SPECIMEN CASE BECK CORNHILL LONDON WOOD GLASS" is in sale since Sunday, November 20, 2016. This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Cabinets & Cupboards\1800-1899".
The seller is "clindbergh" and is located in Bath, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.