French Twin Telescopes circa 1880 – 1900

French Twin Telescopes circa 1880 – 1900


Military style French Army Binoculars called "Teslescope Jumelle"



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Categories: Scientific, Technology, Other Technology Antiques, Binoculars, Telescopes - Other


These Téléscopes-jumelles, or Twin Telescopes are an impressive piece of engineering from the end of the 19th Century.

The barrels are joined by a bracket with sliding mechanism to adjust the inter-ocular distance.

The focusing tubes have a long travel so that the binoculars take up less space when closed.

Ditto for the lens shades.

There is a small patch of leather that has come unstuck but is still present, and there is some general bubbling of the leather elsewhere.

The black enamel painted parts are in great condition.

Very difficult to find such a pair these days in this condition.

Length closed : 24 cm

Length open : 35 cm

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FR Toby Whitfeld

Toby Whitfeld

I first started selling vintage cameras in Camden Town, London in 1981, then moved to Portobello Rd in 1985, where I started adding scientific instruments to my stock. I also exhibited at the Scientific Instrument Fair in London in the 1990's, but left the UK to live in Southern France in the year 2000. I started trading again in 2009, and since then I have been sourcing items in France and UK for clients here in Perpignan and back in UK.

I have one or two items for sale on my website

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