E. Leitz, New York; serial # 53059

Leitz Travelling Microscope, c. 1899

E. Leitz, New York; serial # 53059. Leitz Travelling Microscope, c. 1899
E. Leitz, New York; serial # 53059. Leitz Travelling Microscope, c. 1899
E. Leitz, New York; serial # 53059. Leitz Travelling Microscope, c. 1899

E. Leitz, New York and bears the serial # 53059. Leitz Travelling Microscope c. 1899

E. Leitz, New York and bears the serial # 53059. Leitz Travelling Microscope c. 1899

E. Leitz New York
Leitz, based in Wetzlar Germany, had a sales office in NY when this microscope was sold.

The following was extracted from The Journal of the Royal Microscopical Society, 1899

Leitz Travelling Microscope

Leitz Travelling Microscope. This instrument (fig. 3) packs into case 21 by 14 by 7 cm., and weighs only 4 Ib. It will be seen from the figure that to set up the instrument for use, the mirror and stage have to be attached, and the tube which carries the ocular must be unscrewed and reversed. It will also be seen that it has rack-and-pinion coarse, and micrometer-screw fine adjustment; the only point not quite clear in the illustration being the method of folding the foot. This foot is a very ingenious one, consisting of two solid rectangular bars of brass lying against each other when the instrument is packed, but which can be opened out so as to make an angle of some 40 degrees, in which position they are firmly held by a spring-catch, and as there is no inclination, this gives ample stability.

Another later model of the Small Travelling Microscope is also represented in this collection. It differs somewhat from the earlier example shown on this page with respect to the tube, stage, and its storage. The stage on the later version is permanently attached to the stand. It is turned to the side when the microscope is placed for storage in the case. There is a lever that locks the position of the stage when setup for use. In contrast, the stage of the earlier example of the travelling microscope is not permanently attached to the body of the microscope. For storage in the case, it must be removed from a slot on the body of the microscope and placed in a slot located in the case. While the later model has a draw-tube, this is absent in the earlier model. Instead, in the earlier model, the tube which carries the ocular is stored in the outer main tube; it must be removed and reversed and then screwed to the outer tube to assemble the microscope for use.

Two versions Leitz of the Small Travelling microscopes

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