A substantial 6 draw nickel silver telescope and tripod in a mahogany case. The telescope measures 47.5 inches fully open and 12 inches collapsed. It has a 2.12 inch objective lens with lens cap, ray shade and slider to the eyepiece. The first draw has engraved markings from 10 – 40x for magnification settings (pancratic eyepiece). The barrel is finished in Japanned wood.
The collapsable tripod stands 15 inches tall and has a foot span of 10.5 inches. For storage, the column of the stand unscrews and is re-threaded once the tripod base has been inverted. The column also unscrews, revealing a corkscrew type fitting which can be fixed to a fence post for use outdoors.
The case (13.25 x 7 x 3.73 inches) contains an additional celestial eyepiece which fits onto the second drawtube for night use and has a flush brass carrying handle to the reverse.
The inside of the lid holds a trade label for ‘J. Archbutt and Sons’ dating it from 1838 – 1864.
Excellent condition throughout noting just a small loss to the surface of the Japanned barrel. No dents; the optics very clear and damage free. It gives excellent viewing.
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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.