An excellent folding, portable microscope in case by Ernst Leitz.

An excellent folding, portable microscope in case by Ernst Leitz.



1918 / 19

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Scientific, Microscopy


A very clean black enamelled and lacquered brass folding portable microscope, signed on the draw tube, ‘Ernst Leitz, Wetzlar. No 195985’; the same number ingrained to the inside of the case allowing us to accurately date the microscope to 1918 / 19.

The microscope stands 32 cms high racked up with an additional 7 cms when the graduated draw tube is fully pulled . The microscope holds a fine focus silver thumb wheel, triple nose-piece, double sided mirror and a sub stage condenser with a diaphragm.

The stage is able to rotate 90 degrees and the ‘V’ shaped stand pushed inwards (together) for compactness within the wooden case.

The mahogany case ( 30.5 cms x 22 cms x 12 cms ) has a carrying handle, lock and key and holds 2 eye-pieces #3, #5, and two objectives in canisters #3 and 6. The oil immersion can is empty.

A very clean instrument.

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I live in Lancashire (U.K.) and have been a dealer and collector of scientific and nautical instruments for a number of years. My stock has included some fine items from museums and colleges, which were surplus to their requirements. I occasionally purchase some interesting items from abroad, having established some reliable sources.

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