Research microscope (Leitz Wetzlar circa 1910s) with micromanipulator (Bausch & Lomb c1935) apparatus in place, including micromanipulator attachments. The E. Leitz Research Microscope was bought by CSL in the 1920s, but clearly belongs to the pre-World War I period of styling. The Micromanipulator was not invented until 1935; the example here was used by CSL Virology/cell culture workers in the mid 1950s. The microscope came with both binocular and monocular drawtubes, a full range of eyepiece and objective lenses, two condensers, and mechanical and plain stages. Also found with this microscope were some coloured glasses as commonly used for photographing with microscopes. The micromanipulator was used for manipulating cells growing in hanging drop culture in the moist chamber on the stage. The system of needle points, electrodes, and ultrafine glass capillaries into quite small cells under observation through the microscope. Used by Commonwealth Serum Labotarories (CSL) Ltd, Parkville, Victoria.

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Object comprises two major components, the microscope and the attached micromanipulator. The two apparatuses are joined using a series of clamps.


Example of equipment used for virology work at CSL

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