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Leitz Continental brass microscope – circa 1897

A fine example of a Leitz continental microscope. It is signed, "E. Leitz Wetzler, 44287" on the base. The serial number would date it to circa 1897. It stands 12" tall when closed. Coarse focus is rack and pinion; fine focus by a micrometer knob on top of the limb. The microscope has rotating circular stage with two centering knobs, one on each side. Two stage clips are modern replacements. All rack work is in excellent working condition. The sub stage Abbe condenser has a variable iris diaphragm. It is on a swing-out lever, and can be adjusted off axis for oblique illumination. A second accessory condenser holds three different stops. The plano-concave mirror is in excellent condition. The optical system is comprised of three original Leitz lenses and three eyepieces. The lenses are a 3, 7, and 1/12 oil. The eyepieces are numbered, 1, 3, and 4. The optics are up to the typical Leitz high standards. The finish on the microscope is lacquered brass with a painted black base. The lacquer coverage is 100% with very little age spotting. The black paint shows only minor edge brassing. The instrument is housed in its original case with matching serial number. The case is in very good condition with an inlaid door, brass handle, lock and key. Inside are two slide out holders for lenses and eyepieces, along with a wooden slide out accessory case. This is a high end, usable model of the popular continental style.

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