Leopold Schrauer first
began the manufacture of microscopes in the late
1850's in Boston. By 1877, he was located in New
York City. Schrauer microscopes are relatively
uncommon, this model in particular. In the book
entitled A Short History of the Early American
Microscopes by D. Pagitt, it is stated "It is
somewhat strange that Schrauer's microscopes are not
more common today, since he was apparently in business
for more than 20 years. This may be partially explained
by Schrauer's proclamation that he gave no discount to
the trade which would indicate that he did not have
access to the traditional marketing agencies".
Schrauer did not use serial numbers for his microscopes. As a consequence of this, it is often difficult to date them precisely. Most likely this microscope was made sometime in the late 1870 to early 1880 time period. While an 1878 advertisement lists Schrauer at 50 Chatham St. NY, an 1879 advertisement lists him at 42 Nassau St. NY, the address on this microscope. Later Schrauer microscopes are mostly in the continental style.