SOLD – 2 draw telescope by Ramsden, in case

SOLD – 2 draw telescope by Ramsden, in case



1785 - 1800

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Telescopes, Telescopes - Other


SOLD – A fine 2 draw brass telescope, signed on the ray shade, ‘Ramsden, London. Improv’d. Day or Night’. Also engraved on the back collar in large letters, ‘Warranted’.

It measures 19″ (49cms) long when retracted and 44.5″ (113cms) when fully open. It has 1.75″ (4.5cms) objective lens with a green tinted front element, the eye-piece and ray shade both have dust sliders.

All the original lacquer is still present. There are no dents to the brass. The mahogany barrel is free of cracks / splits. All the lenses are original and damage free. The brass draw tubes function as they should without dragging, slackness or tightness. It is a very nice telescope giving very clear viewing. The case contains an additional eye-piece which is engraved, ‘Greater Magnification’.

The mahogany case is original and has cracks to the top, the lid being warped. Original lock is still present. One fastening ‘eye’ hook is broken off. The case measures 22.5″ x 3.5″ x 3″.

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GB Scientific Inspirations

Scientific Inspirations

I live in Lancashire (U.K.) and have been a dealer and collector of scientific and nautical instruments for a number of years. My stock has included some fine items from museums and colleges, which were surplus to their requirements. I occasionally purchase some interesting items from abroad, having established some reliable sources.

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