Microscope

Description
This is a stereoscopic instrument with coarse and fine focus, square stage, folding wooden ramps that clip to the stage, sub-stage mirror, and wooden box with extra lenses. The inscription reads “CARL ZEISS / JENA” and “GERMANY.” There may be a 1741319 serial number.
Zeiss began marketing stereoscopic microscopes in 1897, noting that the idea had originated with Horatio Saltstall Greenough (1845-1916), an American zoologist and, incidentally, son of the sculptor, Horatio Greenough. The firm introduced this model XA stand in the early 1930s.
Ref: “Greenough’s Stereoscopic Microscope and Its Auxiliary Appliances,” Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society 18 (1898): 469-473.
Carl Zeiss, Zeiss Microscopes and Accessories (Jena, 1934), pp. 71-72.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope
date made
ca 1930
maker
Zeiss, Carl
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
glass (overall material)
black (overall color)
green (overall color)
Measurements
overall: 39 cm x 20 cm x 22.3 cm; 15 11/32 in x 7 7/8 in x 8 25/32 in
place made
Deutschland: Thüringen, Jena
ID Number
MG*M-11422
accession number
260035
catalog number
M-11422
260035.05.02
subject
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Science & Mathematics
Microscopes
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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