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    Antique American Microscopes Wanted

Microscope manufacturing in America began in the 2nd quarter of the 19th century. Before that time, the few microscopes that were available in this country were imported primarily from France and England. The first American microscope manufacturer of commercial significance was Charles A. Spencer (1813-1881). His first microscope was produced around 1838. As the century progressed, other American manufacturers emerged to produce instruments to meet the growing demand. By the early 1880s, there were at least 20 firms supplying microscopes. Many of the microscopes produced by these firms had a distinct American style and several incorporated some important innovations. Listed below are some of the better-known American microscope makers:

L. Schrauer 

George Wale 

Bausch & Lomb

Ernst Gundlach 

T.H. McAllister 

Joseph Zentmayer 

Robert B. Tolles 

Yawman & Erbe  

Lyman McIntosh 

Grunow Brothers

Benjamin Pike 

John W. Sidle

Walter H. Bulloch 

Miller Brothers

Charles A. Spencer 

Charles Fasoldt

James W. Queen

E.F. & E.H. Tighe 

C. B. Kleine

E. H. Griffith

On these pages you can view some of the antique American made microscopes in my collection. There are still many historical models made by some of these American firms that I would like to have in my collection. If you think that you might have an early American microscope of interest, please contact me about it.  

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schrauer, maker, new york

microscope by charles spencer c.1860

l. schrauer

bausch & lomb opt. co, pat oct. 8, 1876; professioanl model with petrological tube

Monocular microscope: Schrauer, Maker, New York

Microscope by Charles Spencer                   c.1860

Monocular microscope: L. Schrauer

Bausch &   Lomb Opt. Co, Pat Oct. 8, 1876 Professioanl model microscope with petrological tube.

both : l. schrauer maker, new york, c. 1890

j. zentmayer, philadelphia, patented 1876, serial 1867, us army hospital model

j. grunow, new york, no. 676 and 950

Two microscopes made by Leopold Schrauer. Both signed: L. Schrauer Maker, New York, c. 1890

J. Zentmayer, Philadelphia, Patented 1876, #1867, US Army Hospital Model microscope

Two  microscopes made by J. Grunow., New York: No. 676 and 950, respectively.

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