Extraordinary BLOND-HORN MAGNIFYING GLASS BY LEREBOURS c.1800-10
Dimension:Extraordinary BLOND-HORN MAGNIFYING GLASS BY LEREBOURS c.1800-10
Dimension: 7.1 cm (diam), 1.7 cm thick
Condition: very good but please not a small crack to the rim and scratches on lens.
Extremely well engraved on horn. Photos also show the beautiful engraving by transparency.
Noel-Jean Lerebours (1761-1840) began a member of the ‘Corporation des fabricants d’instruments’ in 1789 and obtained the title of ‘Ingegneur breveté’ the same year.
In 1800 he obtained the title of ‘Opticien de la Marine et de Bureau du Longitudes’.
He supplied to Lenoir the lenses for navigation and surveying instruments.
Napoleon in 1804 choose a Lerebours spyglass for personal use; this was enough to be acclaimed as ‘Emperor’s supplier’. In 1810 he made two telescopes for the Observatoire of Paris.
Research could be made on the ‘Pilot’ ship, as engraved on the back.
A rather exceptional pocket magnifier by a leading maker ‘ by appointments to Napoleon’.
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