19th c. E. Leitz Wetzlar Solid Brass Microscope and Traveling Case c.1892



An original Victorian era solid brass microscope and traveling case. The microscope functions properly and smoothly raises up and down over the solid bronze stage. The mirror underneath swings right and left and rotates to different strengths. Stamped on the base with the maker and serial No. 25889 which dates to 1892.

The wooden traveling case has a brass handle and three pull out boxes housing different lens and several metal, wood and glass tools. The piece is in good condition with the appropriate patina for its age.

  • CREATOR E. Leitz Wetzlar, Germany.
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES  Leather, brass, optical glass, velvet.
  • CONDITION Good. Minor wear consistent with age and use.
  • DIMENSIONS Microscope: H 13.5 in. x W 4.25 in.  x D 5.5 in., Case: H 16 in. x W 8 in.  x D 8 in


The company of Ernst Leitz had its origin in the Optical Institute founded by Karl Kellner in Wetzlar, Germany. The earlier Leitz trade catalogues give the date of establishment as 1850 but by the early twentieth century, Leitz publications put the date at 1849.

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