A very fine and an interesting example of a silver plated brass and mahogany three drawtubes telescope signed “T. Rubergall / Opt to their Majesties / 24 Coventry St London” and bearing the inscription and dedication “Rawson W. Rawson / to / G. G. Babbington”.
The telescope is in perfect cosmetic and working condition preserving it original cap and leather traveling case.
According with the signature and dedication we can date from 1830s’-1840s’.
Sir Rawson William Rawson is a British government official and statistician who played an important role in Canada for his Report on the affairs of the Indians in Canada, a foundational document in the establishment of the Canadian Indian residential school system and in South Africa, especialy in the Cape where he was exceptionally involved in the study of ferns and other plants, in the establishment of the South African Museum, as well as in the details of parliamentary procedure.
G. G. Babington, certainly Gisborne Babington, was an eminent surgeon at St Thomas’s Hospital in London (from1829-43) then London Lock Hospital, and made a notable contribution to the study of syphilitic disease, was elected to Royal College of Surgeons where he was a member of Council from 1836-43 and delivered the Hunterian Oration in 1842.
We can suppose that this gift was given by Rawson to the Babington after surgery.
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