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Carl Zeiss Horseshoe Dissecting Microscope

This elegant nickel-plated brass and wood microscope appeared in the 1885 Carl Zeiss catalog as the company's Dissecting Stand I, designed by Paul Mayer. The microscope is featured in Gerard Turner's excellent book Collecting Microscopes, a volume in Christie's International Collectors Series of books on antiques.

The flat stage has a center glass plate and a pair of mahogany hand rests that branch to the left and right, providing support during long dissecting periods. A single eyepiece is attached to the limb through a swivel joint. Focus is achieved with a rack and pinion mechanism that elevates and lowers the limb by means of a pair of knurled brass knobs. Supporting the microscope is a horseshoe-shaped foot that is painted with black lacquer. Signed "Carl Zeiss, Jena. 3012", this microscope was sold through C. Baker at 244 High Holborn in London for about 100 Marks.

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