German manufacturers rank second in importance, after the United Kingdom, in the history of European microscopy. The characteristics that define the German manufacturers are: a not very numerous number of workshops, which will eventually all be absorbed by the two large optical companies that still remain today: Leitz de Wetzlar and Carl Zeiss. They were the first to adopt the mass production method, which will lead to great progress in manufacturing, thus by 1900 Leitz had manufactured 55,000 microscopes and Zeiss 40,000. While in the UK, older brands like Beck & Beck had made 20,000 and Henry Crouch only 6,000.
The first German manufacturers of modern compound microscopes are possibly Carl Pistor and Frederick Schiek who signed the first apparatus in 1816, they designed it based on the models of Jones of London. Simultaneously also producing similar models George Oberhaüser in Paris and Ploss in Vienna. The influences on the design of the appliances are simultaneous.
Finally, the real explosion of new microscope workshops should be highlighted, which occurs in Germany as a result of the demand for the examination of meats to control trichinosis. They will make only cheap, simple, robust and easy-to-use models. The Trichinoscopes were exported throughout the civilized world so the Waechter factory manufactured 24,000 devices in a few years. After a while most of these companies were absorbed and disappeared.
25 Microscopes that are part of this group.
52 i) Schieck 1859.
17) Neumann 1860.
52k) Kipp 1865.
51g) Thate 1865.
51b) Wasserlein. 1870.
51d) Waechter 1875.
51e) “1890.
51f) “1891.
51h) Messter. 1890
51i) Schieck. 1890.

Leitz Brand:
71) 1880
19) 1900
70) 1909
49) 1909
50) 1909
51) 1909
22) 1922
23) 1927
24) 1946 “” “”
24 a) Reichert 1946.
51 a) Zeiss 1885.
84) Zeiss 1945.
85) Zeiss 1950.
16) Seibert 1900
86) Seibert
Still to be included: 20 a ?, 21, 51c, 87. For now we do not consider it.