Zeiss Dipping Refractometer

Description
The dipping (or immersion) refractometer was designed by Carl Pulfrich, director of the Instrument Division of the Carl Zeiss Works in Jena. It consists of a telescope with a scale and micrometer screw, a prism that can be dipped into a liquid, and a compensator located between the prism and the objective lens.
Zeiss began marketing these instruments in 1899. Eimer & Amend was selling them by 1910, noting that they were used to examine milk serum and various aqueous, alcoholic, and ethereal liquids of a low refractive index. Records in the Carl Zeiss Archiv indicate that this example was delivered to a customer in Köln, Germany, in 1917. Zeiss continued manufacturing instruments of this sort until the factory was destroyed during World War II. This example is marked "CARL ZEISS JENA" and "Nr 12829" and "Germany."
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
refractometer
maker
Zeiss
place made
Deutschland: Thüringen, Jena
ID Number
1982.0001.03
catalog number
1982.0001.03
accession number
1982.0001
subject
Optics
Germany
Chemistry
Measuring & Mapping
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Nicholas Grossman

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