Lennie of Edinburgh Victorian three draw mahogany telescope

Lennie of Edinburgh Victorian three draw mahogany telescope

Stock Number: 267

£180

For sale is a small telescope by Lennie of Edinburgh, three brass draws with a mahogany barrel

Dimensions

17 inches long

Circa

1840-50

Country of manufacture

UK and Ireland

Categories: Navigational instruments, Telescopes - Refracting

Description

For sale is a telescope by James Lennie, a famous Edinburgh telescope maker, who worked from 14 Leith Street Edinburgh between 1835 and 1854. It has three brass draws, and a mahogany or rosewood barrel: it is 17 inches long extended, and 6.5″ long when closed: diameter of the barrel is 36mm. The eyepiece is equipped with a winking eye cover, but this is difficult to close. There is no objective lens cover.

The first draw is engraved “Lennie, Edinburgh”: the only damage visible is a dent on the second draw. The mahogany barrel however has a longitudinal crack – see the photos – but this does not affect the performance or stability of the structure. The telescope performs and focuses well.

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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 Fleaglass.com 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 nick@nickdenbow.com

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