J. Grunow, New York No. 984

Continental style microscope, c. 1889

j. grunow, new york no. 984. Continental style microscope

j. grunow, new york no. 984. Continental style microscope

j. grunow, new york no. 984. Continental style microscope

j. grunow, new york no. 984. Continental style microscope

j. grunow, new york no. 984. Continental style microscope

j. grunow, new york no. 984. Continental style microscope


The microscope is signed on one side of the limb J. Grunow, New York having the serial number, 984, engraved on the other side. It dates from around 1890. It came supplied with two Grunow objectives marked 2/3 and 1/6-inch and a single eyepiece. An aperture wheel is built into the stage. It has the typical continental form of the period.

The Grunow brothers, Julius and William, emigrated from Germany to New York around 1849. They started in the scientific instrument business by first working for the optician Benjamin Pike of that city. By 1854, they began their own operation in New Haven CT where they concentrated on the production of microscopes. By 1864, they were back in New York. Some years later, the partnership ended. J. Grunow continued on to produce microscopes up to around 1892. The total output of the Grunows was limited in comparison to some other contemporary firms; on the basis of the observed serial numbers, they manufactured just over one thousand microscopes in total.

A family history of the Grunows in 19th century America written by a descendant.

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