Microscope

Description
This is a nickel-plated dissecting instrument with sub-stage mirror, heavy black base, removable hand rests, and wooden box. The inscription reads “CARL ZEISS / JENA.” The Zeiss firm began in 1846 and produced their 1000th microscope in 1866. The “8947” serial number on this example suggests a date of around 1875.
This belonged to Eugene Amandus Schwarz (1844-1928), a German-American entomologist who arrived in the United States in 1876, worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture and served as honorary curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History.
Ref: Carl Zeiss, Microscopes and Microscopical Accessories (Jena, 1891), pp. 100-103.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
microscope
date made
ca 1875
maker
Carl Zeiss
Physical Description
fabric (case material)
glass (microscope material)
metal (microscope material)
wood (case material)
Measurements
microscope: 12.4 cm x 7.5 cm x 8.7 cm; 4 7/8 in x 2 15/16 in x 3 7/16 in
case: 17 cm x 12.6 cm x 11.8 cm; 6 11/16 in x 4 15/16 in x 4 5/8 in
Place Made
Deutschland: Thüringen, Jena
ID Number
MG*162080.01
catalog number
M-09781
accession number
162080
catalog number
162080.01
subject
Science & Mathematics
Microscopes
Science & Scientific Instruments
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Microscopes
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
H.S. Barber, Executor of the Estate of Dr. Eugen Amandus Schwarz
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