Antique Zeiss Microscope
from the University of Canterbury
Fine example of a high quality 19th Century microscope in a fitted wooden case, complete with 2 objective lenses and an eyepiece lens. The microscope is made entirely of brass which has been polished to a high standard. The eyepiece tube can be manually adjusted for the coarse focus and there is an additional screw fine focus at the rear of the microscope. It has a square brass stage and a mirror below the stage to direct the light.
It is stamped on the foot "Carl Zeiss Jena 7488". This serial number is also stamped on the inside of the box. It is also marked "Univ. Cant. 90". It is believed that this means the microscope was a student or lab microscope from the University of Canterbury. 90 is likely to be in reference to the stock number in the university. 90 is also stamped on the box, the lens holders and the tube.
The eyepiece lens is brass and marked "Carl Zeiss Jena". It has two objective lenses that come with the microscope. Unfortunately neither are original and are later Leitz lenses, marked 2 and 3 respectively. The microscope does come with its original brass lens cases which are marked Zeiss A and D.
The microscope appears to be in good working order and I have set it up and tested it with a few old slides. I've attached a photo looking down the microscope at various specimens with both lenses. I'm sure the lenses would probably benefit from a light clean but they produce a clear and bright image all the same and the microscope was easy to focus.
The microscope comes in its original fitted case with sections for the lenses to fit in and velvet lined pads to hold the microscope in place.
The microscope measures approximately 10" tall. The box is 12" long X 5 1/2" wide X 4" deep.
Overall it is in very good condition. It has been used and will have some normal signs of wear so please don't expect it to be brand new. There are some knocks around the base and slight areas of tarnishing. It is also worth noting that there are no slide clips. The box is sturdy and has a lovely aged patina, however there is no key. There are also some old splits around the top of the box. Although in working order it is really being sold as a decorative / collectors item rather than an accurate scientific instrument. It has been cleaned and the brass polished and it displays very nicely.
A fantastic example of a rare antique microscope with very interesting provenance. The best description comes from the photos so please look at them all carefully and if you have any questions at all please ask.