This is a compound binocular with coarse and fine focus, triple nose-piece, inclination joint, large square mechanical stage, sub-stage diaphragm, and original case. The inscription on the stand reads: “E. LEITZ / WETZLAR / GERMANY.” The inscription on the eyepiece assembly reads “Ernst Leitz / Wetzlar.” There are four Leitz objectives (No. 3, 10X; 6L 45X; 3.5; and 1/12 oil immersion). There are four eyepieces (two 10X and two 6X) marked “Ernst Leitz Wetzlar”; an unsigned eyepiece is marked simply 5X. There is an electrical lamp for illumination. The 290968 serial number indicates a date around 1930.
This was owned and used by Henry Eugene Hampton (born 1900), a graduate of Fisk University and the Meharry Medical College who practiced medicine and surgery in St. Louis, Mo., and who served as the first medical director of the Homer G. Phillips Hospital from 1937 to 1941.
Ref: E. Leitz, Inc., Catalogue (New York, 1938), pp. 44-45.
“The History of Homer G. Phillips Hospital,” Journal of the National Medical Association 53 (1961): 541-555.
Currently not on view
date made
around 1930
Ernst Leitz
place made
Deutschland: Hessen, Wetzlar
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Jacob Ben Zimmerman and Judith Hampton
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Data Source
National Museum of American History


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