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This instrument does bear the simple “ Ernst Abbe: up to this time advances in optical designs and materials relied heavily on inefficient trail and error efforts.
Realizing that the improvement of optical instruments demanded advances in optical theory (Zeiss noted “the only remaining function of the working hand should be that of precisely implementing the forms and dimensions of all construction elements as determined by the design computation”), Zeiss engaged Ernst Abbe (b.
In 1866 the 1,000th new Carl Zeiss microscope is delivered; the Carl Zeiss shop is now recognized throughout European scientific circles for the fine qualities of its microscopes. The smallest Zeiss compound microscope of the time, this is a stand Vb model with lens A or C and the eyepiece 2.
This was delivered new in 1868 to Max Johann Sigismund Schultze, (March 25, 1825 - January 16, 1874) a microscopic anatomist noted for his work in Greifswald on cell theory.
And it would be one man to bring this combination together to create a concern of unrivaled accomplishment. Friedrich Körner, becoming well familiar with the operation of fine tools and machinery that were used to make microscopes and other scientific instruments.
Körner was a machinist who provided such instruments to the German court.
On Carl Zeiss submitted the required application to the Weimar authority where he requested permission to open a mechanical workshop.
The earliest example we own of any item identified as having been made by Zeiss is the compound microscope shown above.In the first year of operation he sold twenty-three microscopes, not bad considering the state of the economy at the time and that his name was not yet well known.In September 1847 Zeiss moved to a larger facility at Wagnergasse 32 and hired his first apprentice.Among his customers was the University of Jena for whom he made and repairs scientific equipment.Zeiss began to make improvements in microscopes, offering simple microscopes and in 1857 introducing the first compound microscope (employing both an objective lens and an eyepiece), the “Stand I”.