A vast range of vintage scientific equipment from a private collector in Sherborne is to be sold by Lawrences of Crewkerne on 6th September 2017.
Mark Deavin, a former RAF technician who later worked for the Plessey Marine Research Unit, started collecting scientific instruments in the mid-1940s and has since built up an enormous array of items including mineral tubes, Van de Graaf generators and all kinds of specialist electrical measuring devices.
Mr Deavin, ably assisted by his wife Betty, acquired the majority of his instruments from antiques fairs and flea markets, and has now decided the time is right to part with them.
“The object was to collect and preserve old instruments as examples of their type. There was particular pleasure in finding rare and unusual items, and occasionally I purchased things where neither the vendor or I knew what they were!
I have had the pleasure of finding and owning these items, and selling them at auction will mean that they will now be passed on to others to enjoy”