Classic Victorian 3-draw telescope with mahogany barrel

Classic Victorian 3-draw telescope with mahogany barrel

Stock Number: 128


For sale, a good Victorian mahogany barrel telescope with three brass draws


28.5 inches



Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Navigational instruments, Telescopes - Refracting


Offered for sale in good condition after 150 years, is this antique, Victorian era telescope of classic design: three brass draws and a mahogany barrel. Measuring 9.25 inches closed, 28.5 inches fully open, it has an outside diameter of 48mm. The barrel is varnished well, in good condition, but has a 3 inch split approx (see photos). The brass end pieces are held on with the original screws. There are minor dents in the draws, but the overall condition is good – all draws pull out easily. The eyepiece cover has a couple of dents, and while it unscrews it is possibly a replacement.

Optically the lenses appear perfect, the eyepiece cartridges are excellent – and the image produced is crisp. 

This is a good quality, good condition C19th telescope, probably Victorian, and typical of the type produced in the UK at the time for naval or merchant sailing ship use.

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GB Telescope Collector

I first started using a telescope in the 60s, to identify aeroplanes arriving at Yeadon airport, in Yorkshire. Then I started to collect and restore vintage brass scopes in the 1990s. The collection boomed later, in the early days of the internet, rising to around 300 in number. I then made a lot of friends via the internet, advising them on how to identify, date or repair their scopes. At the age of 72 I need to disperse these wonderful bits of engineering history, because they still work today as well as they did 200+ years ago! That is the fascination....Some of my collection have already been sold to collectors spread around, in the UK, USA, Ireland, Israel, France and Germany. Several have been returned to the UK descendants of the people who made them, or relations of their previous owners, because they found the stories on my website. Now the collection needs to be dispersed more systematically, so therefore is the place to find the real enthusiasts. The first dozen or so telescopes will be added shortly, so please visit this site again soon! Alternatively, if you are looking for a specific telescope, tell me, as maybe I have one!
Nick Denbow, based in Alresford, Hampshire: contact via email on

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