Carl Zeiss “Jacob” 1927, one of the first set of microscopes acquired by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem


This instrument can stand as an archetype of the conventional research microscope of the 1920s-30s. It was manufactured by Carl Zeiss of Jena in 1927. As is typical of early 20th century stands, the shoe and the limb are made of black Japanned iron or brass while the tube is of lacquered brass. Yet the coarse and fine focusing wheels, the condenser and the nosepiece turret already herald the standard forms that will continue well into the second half of the 20th century and in simple student microscopes – till today.

This specimen is one of the first set of microscopes purchased by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem for the Medical School after the opening of the university on April 1st, 1925.