This is a simple dissecting microscope with rack-and-pinion, moveable lens carrier, large glass stage, sub-stage mirror, and wooden case. The inscription reads “E. Leitz Wetzlar / New - York / 411. W. 59. Str.”
Ludwig Leitz and William Krafft, both of Wetzlar, came to the United States in 1893, and Krafft began in business as a microscope importer at 30 E. 23rd St., New York. The firm became Ernst Leitz Microscopes at that address in 1903, and moved to 411 W. 59th St. in 1904.
Ref: Ernst Leitz, Microscopes and Accessory Apparatus (Wetzlar, 1907), pp. 82-83.
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Object Name
date made
early 20th century
Ernst Leitz
Physical Description
brass (microscope material)
glass (microscope material)
metal (case material)
velvet (case material)
metal (microscope material)
wood (case material)
microscope: 22.5 cm x 10 cm x 14 cm; 8 7/8 in x 3 15/16 in x 5 1/2 in
case: 13.9 cm x 24.6 cm x 17.5 cm; 5 1/2 in x 9 11/16 in x 6 7/8 in
place made
Deutschland: Hessen, Wetzlar
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Science & Scientific Instruments
Science & Mathematics
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
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