C. Zeiss, Jena 4969

Microscope model Va, c. 1880

C. Zeiss, Jena 4969. Microscope model Va, c. 1880

 

C. Zeiss, Jena 4969. Microscope model Va, c. 1880

C. Zeiss, Jena 4969. Microscope model Va, c. 1880

C. Zeiss, Jena 4969. Microscope model Va, c. 1880

C. Zeiss, Jena 4969. Microscope model Va, c. 1880. Abbe condenser

C. Zeiss, Jena 4969. Microscope model Va, c. 1880. Aperture stop holder and mirror assembly

 

C. Zeiss, Jena 4969. Microscope model Va, c. 1880. In storage case.

C. Zeiss, Jena 4969. Microscope model Va, c. 1880. Accessories

 

The accessories include three eyepieces numbered 2, 3, and 4, four objectives with canisters marked A, DD, C, and 4 mm apert. 095, an early form of Abbe condenser with double mirror attached, an alternate mirror assembly for use with the slide-in aperture stop holder with three stops, a series of stops for use with the Abbe condenser, a double objective changer, and a treen box which now holds some cover glasses.

Abbe condenser

Early form of the Zeiss Abbe condenser

zeiss microscope Va

Zeiss microscope Va

C. Zeiss Jena 4969 microscope


The Zeiss archives indicate that the microscope with serial number 4969 is the Va model. It was purchased by Dr. Georg West in Vienna on April 22, 1881. It was originally supplied with oculars 2, 3, and 4 and objectives A, D, and DD. It was purchased for this collection in the USA.


The following was extracted from The Naturalist's Assistant: A Handbook for the Collector and Student by J. S. Kingsley, 1882

In the writer's opinion, one of the best stands for all ordinary work is the smaller compound microscope manufactured by Carl Zeiss of Jena and designated by him as "Va". This stand alone costs ninety marks ($22.50) and when furnished with four eye-pieces and three objectives, A, C, D, F, giving powers of 20-1500 diameters, sells for three hundred and twenty marks ($80.00). This instrument will answer all the requirements of the naturalist or histologist in any special investigation. The ordinary student, however, does not need these higher powers, and the same stand with three eye-pieces and the objectives "A" and "D" (1 inch and 1/4) will answer all ordinary requirements and is sold for one hundred and seventy marks (about $42.50).

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